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Assessing the Promise and Limitations of Joint Forest Management in an Era of Globalisation: the Case of West Bengal

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dc.contributor.author Hill, Douglas en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:07Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/776
dc.description.abstract "This paper seeks to interrogate the claims of the dominant discourses of globalisation with regard to their compatibility with mechanisms for empowering marginalised communities and providing a basis for sustainable livelihood strategies through the appropriate management of Common Property Resources. It argues that, despite the expanding theoretical attention to globalisation, the majority of the relevant literature contains substantial silences regarding the impact of these processes on those marginalized communities of low income countries. To redress this tendency, the analysis seeks to analyse this literature (and its theoretical underpinnings) by examining the well-known Joint Forest Management (JFM) scheme of West Bengal. The analysis contends that this is a noteable example of the emerging emphasis on grassroots movements and civil society as the institutional context of participatory development. However, it also contends that JFM has been able to succeed in part because of the broader context of pro-poor rural development facilitated by the West Bengal Government. Thus, a contention of the paper is that, in the ambiguous flows which characterise these globalising processes, there is a substantial role for a sympathetic state in concert with other institutional configurations. "The main focus of the paper is the complex interplay between the institutions of JFM (Forest Protection Committees), the State (through the Panchayati Raj Institutions), as well as local (IBRAD) and international NGOs (Ford Foundation), as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. While this institutional matrix facilitates the emergence of bottom-up initiatives such as JFM, it is argued that it is far from unproblematic that this will lead to a redressal of inter- (and indeed intra-) village disparaties, particularly regarding caste/class and gender inequalities. These challenges are further contextualised through a theoretical incorporation of some of the themes of similar local institutions of common property resources usage both in India and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject joint management en_US
dc.subject NGOs en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject economic development en_US
dc.subject inequality en_US
dc.title Assessing the Promise and Limitations of Joint Forest Management in an Era of Globalisation: the Case of West Bengal en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates May 31-June 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bloomington, Indiana, USA en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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