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10 - Power to the Forest People

from Part II - Tools to Address Wicked Problems


A global trend towards more community control over forests has slowed deforestation and forest degradation, reduced carbon emissions, supported community livelihoods and built social capital. In some cases these positive benefits have not been realized, and there have been mixed results on intra-community equity. Three ‘wicked characteristics’ mitigate the success of community forests: where tenure change erodes the power of economic and technical elites, who then respond by undermining the community forest; where it is difficult to support communities without impacting their collective action; and where governments develop policies that are difficult to adapt to local contexts.

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