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Relating Indigenous Knowledge to Forest Conditions: Access to Land and Forest Resources

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Bahati, Joseph
Date: 2002
Agency: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4733
Sector: Forestry
Information & Knowledge
Region: Africa
Subject(s): indigenous knowledge
forest management
Abstract: "The integration of Uganda's rural communities into a market economy and the phenomena of globalisation should be analysed in terms of access to land, local knowledge and natural resources surrounding such communities. Land and natural resource degradation can be seen as a result of efforts by members of the rural communities to improve their livelihoods. This sounds contrary to the concept of sustainability as defined by the Brundtland report in 1987. In Uganda sustainable forest management has been defined by the principles of environmental, social, local resource-use knowledge, and economic sustainability. Therefore, this calls for monitoring of both the resource being managed, the local knowledge used, and the livelihood of the rural communities. The aim of this paper is to develop better explanations of the evolving institutions between forest users and officials to transform the conditions of forest users while sustaining and improving the condition of forested areas. The specific objectives are concerned with (a) changes in forest health conditions under effective monitoring regimes; (b) the use of indigenous knowledge in forest management (c) emerging trends of decreasing dependency on forests for livelihood as levels of education increase; and (d) how improvement of socio-economic status affect the condition of the forest."

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