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Bridging the Gap: Communities, Forests and International Networks

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Colchester, Marcus; Apte, Tejaswini; Laforge, Michel; Mandondo, Alois; Pathak, Neema
Date: 2003
Agency: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Series: CIFOR Occasional Paper, no. 41
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4702
Sector: Forestry
Global Commons
Social Organization
Region: Africa
East Asia
Subject(s): community forestry
networks
social movements
NGOs
public policy
environmental policy
Abstract: "Community forestry has transformed over the past 25 years from being an experimental means of providing wood-fuel for the rural poor to a community-led movement demanding reform of the forestry sector. International networks to promote community forestry, which emerged at very different moments in this history with different visions, goals, targets, and participants, have played a key role in this transformation. Based on a review of seven countries and ten networks, the study compiles the main lessons learned from this experience in terms of advocacy effectiveness, communications techniques, network governance, relations with donors and linkage to social movements. The increasing mobilisation of community-based organisations means that supportive NGOs and government agencies now need to play a different role to the one they gave themselves 25 years ago."

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