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Creating a Legal Framework for Community-based Management: Principles and Dilemmas

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Lindsay, Jonathan M.
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 50
Page(s): 28-34
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8427
Sector: Forestry
Region: Africa
Subject(s): community forestry
forest law
natural resources
Abstract: "This article considers the requisites for a legal framework to support community forestry. It first looks at the example of community management of the mangroves of the Fumba peninsula of Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania; the weaknesses of its legal underpinnings point out the importance of a legal framework in community management agreements. The article then suggests some basic principles that might guide the design of such a framework, concentrating on two key elements: security (instilling confidence that rights cannot be taken away arbitrarily) and flexibility (allowing legal space to make choices adapted to local situations). Finally, it identifies the central difficulties and remaining issues."

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