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Nation States and Forest Peoples: Tenurial Control and the Squandering of the Central African Rainforest

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dc.contributor.author Talbott, Kirk en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:40:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:40:45Z
dc.date.issued 1991 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-07-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-07-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1922
dc.description.abstract "As in much of Asia, forest of Central Africa are defined by national (non-customary) laws as being owned by nation-states. In Cameroon, Zaire, Congo, and Gabon (which have more than 70% of Africa's remaining closed, moist forests) tenurial rights over forest resources are based on colonial extension of the Roman law principle which held that land not covered by documentary titles was deemed to be 'unoccupied' and owned by the state. De facto authority and management of the region's forests is a complex mix of traditional forest use practices and rules, modern statutes and laws, legal and business agreements with foreign entities in the form of timber and mineral concessions, and variety of culturally and socially influenced tenurial arrangements. This paper, based on field research by WRI and African partners, will assess the current status of common property resource management systems extant in Central Africa's rainforests. It will identify specific legal strategies, policy options and project alternatives by which governments, donors, NGOs and local communities can mutually benefit from incentives that promote conservation and sustainable use." en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject rain forests en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject customary law en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Nation States and Forest Peoples: Tenurial Control and the Squandering of the Central African Rainforest en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 26-30, 1991 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Winnipeg, Canada en_US

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