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Bureaucracy and the Unmanaged Forest Commons in Costa Rica (Or Why Development Does not Grow on Trees)

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Guess, George M.
Date: 1979
Agency: Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Series: Working Paper, no. 1
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5322
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): deforestation
common pool resources
Abstract: "Due to the continuing manifested lack of viable planning for forestation by most governments, there are analysts who firmly believe that the responsibility for long-range planning and implementation and control of plans will increasingly fall upon large domestic and multi- national corporations. If governments are truly concerned about the probably increasing dominance of the world economy by multinational corporations (both privately and/or publicly owned), the most apparent alternative to sheer volatile legislative control is to improve national planning modes substantially, including the control of the implementation of long-range and related short-range plans. Government sponsored control systems must always remain relatively ineffective unless tied inextricably to major viable objectives (long-range aims) and appropriate, viable strategies for their long-range implementation. Similarly, they must be integrally related to viable short-range goals (aims) and operational plans."

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