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When is Decentralization in Forest Management a Success and when is it a Failure? Case Studies from the Philippines

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dc.contributor.author Balooni, Kulbhushan en_US
dc.contributor.author Pulhin, Juan M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Inoue, Makoto en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:31:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:31:44Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/712
dc.description.abstract "The decentralization reforms and political conditions in the Philippines present an ideal environment for forest management by recognizing the land entitlements of upland and indigenous communities and promoting the involvement of local government units. To grasp the present state of decentralization in the forestry sector in the Philippines, this study draws on case studies conducted in Nueva Vizcaya Province in assessing whether current conditions policies, institutions, and programs are conducive to effective decentralization. It attempts to answer a broader question: when is decentralization a success and when is it a failure? These case studies represent a mix of successes and failures that are of interest from a policy viewpoint. The study reveals that there are grass roots realities that slow or cause the failure of decentralization initiatives. The high number of actors and stakeholders affect the pace of decentralization reforms and make it difficult to assign or identify accountability. Some of the reasons for the failure were conflicting positions of institutions during the project planning, peoples organizations being scattered over a large area, ineffective coordination of peoples organizations, overlapping administration and forest management boundaries, and the politicization of local institutions. The study shows that decentralization reforms require highly capable community organizations and self-management capacity. It was found that a mix of site-specific interventions and community endeavors that focus on securing local livelihoods has led to some success. This is a strategy that helps decentralization reforms." en_US
dc.subject decentralization--case studies en_US
dc.subject forest management--case studies en_US
dc.subject stakeholders--case studies en_US
dc.subject community forestry--case studies en_US
dc.title When is Decentralization in Forest Management a Success and when is it a Failure? Case Studies from the Philippines en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Philippines en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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