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Quantifying the Benefits of Community Forestry in Nepal: Towards Development of a Participatory Methodology of Economic Valuation

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dc.contributor.author Kanel, Keshav en_US
dc.contributor.author Varughese, George en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:19Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:19Z
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/10535/802
dc.description.abstract "Research on economic analysis of community forestry is rudimentary. Most of the research conducted so far, on community forestry or social forestry, has focused more on the aggregate level rather than on the different stakeholders who comprise a user group or protection committee who are, ultimately responsible for forest management and protection. "This paper is based on research on community forestry in eastern Nepal, focused on the economic costs and benefits of community forestry at a disaggregated level. In the context of Nepal, community forests are managed by groups of rural households organized into User Groups. The Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs) make day to day decisions on how forests are to be protected, managed and utilized for long-term benefit. In this research, we have attempted to analyse the costs and benefits of community forest management to different subgroups of CFUGs based on wealth ranking. We divide the CFUGs into three subgroups based on private land ownership and the number of months for which food production from their private land is sufficient for their livelihood. Then, we gathered data on the amount of forest products (fuelwood, fodder, poles, timber etc.) each subgroup collects from the forest(s). The costs are divided in to self-labour, cash and reciprocal labor. The products and inputs used in collection, protection and other management is valued through barter games and other similar approaches. "The reseach was mainly designed to develop a methodology of economic analysis of community forestry at a disaggregated level. However, some preliminary conclusions can be drawn from the four CFUGs and their community forests. One of the conclusions is that costs and benefits of community forests differs substantially based on the type of forests and the economic status of the users. Moreover, the returns to labour also differ for different subgroups and different CFUGs. It appears that the poor do not get as much benefit from community forests as the rich. This poses a problem of fundamental policy importance to countries such as Nepal who use community-based resource management to help change the lives of the poor for the better and to help reduce disparities between the rich and the poor." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject community forestry--economics en_US
dc.subject community forestry--case studies en_US
dc.subject cost benefit analysis en_US
dc.subject forest products en_US
dc.subject inequality en_US
dc.subject CBRM en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Quantifying the Benefits of Community Forestry in Nepal: Towards Development of a Participatory Methodology of Economic Valuation en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization 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, IN en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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