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Building Collective Tenure for Sustainable Forest Management in a Multi-Ethnic Community: A Case Study in Taohua Administrative Village of Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Yufang, Su
Conference: Politics of the Commons: Articulating Development and Strengthening Local Practices
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Conf. Date: July 11-14, 2003
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2177
Sector: Forestry
Land Tenure & Use
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
forest management--case study
land tenure and use
joint management
forest policy
Abstract: "This study was conducted in Taohua Administrative village, Lijiang County, Yunnan Province, China. The objectives were to study local arrangement in forest land tenure and traditional joint forest management; identify a set of principles guiding forest management in a multi-ethnic community; analyze local adaptation processes in forest land tenure and management; and to understand key institutions concern with forest governance. This research shows that multi-ethnic communities, managing forests as common property resources, can achieve a certain level of sustainable management. The community may respond to new situations by adopting new management practices, or by changing local regulations. "Contrary to the 'tragedy of the commons' theory, a common property approach in this study site allowed communities to privatize rights to land and other resources without dividing the landscape into small individual plots. The common property system also provides incentive for investment in long-term resource productivity. This study suggests that future forest polices in China may provide general guidelines for forestry management and development, while leaving some flexibility for local government and communities to adjust to their specific local situations. Policy makers must pay more attention to the forest access rights of local communities, and to local capacity building."

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