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Local Practices and the Decentralization and Devolution of Natural Resource Management in French-speaking West Africa

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Onibon, Alain; Dabiré, Bernard; Ferroukhi, Lyés
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 50
Page(s): 23-27
Date: 1994
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8470
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): decentralization
resource management
legal systems
local participatory management
Abstract: "This article reflects on local practices and the decentralization and devolution of natural resource management in French-speaking West Africa. The term 'local practices' means not only local approaches, methods and techniques for managing natural resources but also, and more significantly, the roles and functions of local institutions and structures - non-governmental organizations (NGOs), small farmers' associations, youth associations, local administrative units, traditional and local chiefs, decentralized technical and administrative structures, etc. - that are actively involved in managing the resources. The article does not dwell on the context of natural resource management or on how devolution is proceeding in the countries of the subregion; rather, it concentrates on identifying the main questions that challenge the various actors."

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