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Risking Change: Experimenting With Local Forest Management Committees in Jamaica

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Geoghegan, Tighe
Date: 2003
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: Gatekeeper Series, no. 110
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6197
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): forest management
community forestry
Abstract: "This paper presents the results of research by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and the Jamaica Forestry Department (FD) on one component of Jamaica’s new approach: the establishment of two Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs) to involve stakeholders in managing forest reserves. Eighteen months after their establishment, the LFMCs have become a channel of communication between the FD and local stakeholders that is valued by both. They have contributed to the Department’s watershed management plan; suggested ways in which forest management can be improved through collaboration with stakeholders; identified opportunities for increasing the contribution of forest reserves to local development; and translated some of these into small but ambitious projects. They are also having some influence on national policy and the institutional culture of the FD."

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