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Public Policy Reforms and Indigenous Forest Governance: The Case of the Yuracaré People in Bolivia

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dc.contributor.author León, Rosario
dc.contributor.author Uberhuaga, Patricia
dc.contributor.author Benavides, Jean Paul
dc.contributor.author Andersson, Krister P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T20:31:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T20:31:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8088
dc.description.abstract "The recent surge in the efforts to reform forest governance-both through decentralisation and tenure reforms-has been coupled by an increase in empirical studies that assess the virtues and limitations of the new regimes. Despite an increasing body of literature, however, there is still limited knowledge about the effects of these reforms on the indigenous groups and their forest governance institutions. This study seeks to contribute to the empirical literature by analysing how policy reforms in Bolivia have affected one indigenous territory, its inhabitants, their de facto property rights regime, and their consequent efforts to govern their forest resources. The case study, about forest use decisions and actions among the Yuracaré people in the Bolivian lowlands, is an example of what the Amerindian indigenous societies face in terms of both opportunities and limitations associated with the implementation of formalised de jure rights over forests. We pay particular attention to the effects of the 1996 forestry reforms on the institutional conditions for governing common-pool forests resources. The study draws on primary field data that were collected both before and after the implementation of the reforms. We find that the introduction of formal rights has led to increased security in tenure rights and the emergence of more opportunities for diversifying the sources of income for the Yuracaré people. But there are also significant costs associated with the achievement of these benefits. The reforms induced the Yuracaré people to integrate with the surrounding public and private economies, but we find that these interactions have strained traditional governance arrangements." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.title Public Policy Reforms and Indigenous Forest Governance: The Case of the Yuracaré People in Bolivia en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Bolivia en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 195-207 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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