Partnerships in Sustainable Forest Resource Management: Learning from Latin America


This book brings together experiences with a rich variety of sustainable forest and tree resource management partnerships in various countries in Latin America – Trinidad, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guyana, Brazil and Ecuador. The authors reflect on the scope, objectives, institutional organisation and benefits of partnerships, on the actors involved and excluded, and on the hindrances associated with overcoming cultural differences, institutional barriers, power imbalances and diverging interests. The question that runs as a common thread through this book is whether, and under what conditions, partnerships for sustainable forest and resource management can contribute to pro-poor, socially just and environmentally-friendly forest governance. By presenting the lessons learned from a wide range of partnerships, this book is a valuable resource for students, scholars and practitioners dealing with new governance forms in forest and natural resource management.

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Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen is a Human Geographer with a Ph.D. degree in policy sciences. She is affiliated to the Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt) of the Universiteit van Amsterdam as senior researcher and coordinator of the (Netherlands) Development Policy Review Network (DPRN). Recent publications include African Forests between Nature and Livelihood Resource(with Ton Dietz), published by The Edwin Mellen Press (2005), and ‘The Scope for Improving Rural Livelihoods through Non-Timber Forest Products: An Evolving Research Agenda' (with Freerk Wiersum), published in Forests, Trees and Livelihoods (2005). Mirjam Ros-Tonen is currently engaged in research into forest use and governance in the Brazilian Amazon.
"This is the best work on recent policy debates over sustainable development, conservation, and livelihood in the forest I have read in years. It offers a lucid and unblinking exploration of 'partnership' as a means to reconcile seemly unbridgeable conflicts between states, business interests, forest dwellers, and biodiversity conservation in the interest of sustainable, equitable, and ecologically sound practices in forest land use." – Eduardo Silva, University of Missouri-St. Louis
"This is an excellent volume which brings a large range of new case study material from Latin America onto the international stage. It is a significant contribution to the growing debate on cross-sector partnerships in natural resource management and will be of interest to academics, policymakers and practitioners alike for the sensible, cautionary lessons yielded." – Anthony Hall, London School of Economics
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Part I – Exploring Potentials and Opportunities
1. Partnerships for Sustainable Forest and Tree Resource Management in Latin America: The New Road towards Successful Forest Governance?, Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen, Heleen van den Hombergh and Annelies Zoomers
2. Alliances for Sustainable Forest Management: Lessons from the Ecuadorian Chocó Rain Forest, Laura Rival
3. Organising Partnerships for Ecuador’s Emerging Bamboo Sector, Herwig M. Cleuren

Part II – Framing around Public-Private Partnerships
4. Partnership on Paper: Power Struggles and Strategic Framing around Industrial Forestry in Southern Costa Rica, Heleen van den Hombergh
5. Partnerships for Sustainable Timber Production in Trinidad: Dealing with Social and Ecological Dynamics, James Fairhead and Melissa Leach

Part III – Company-Community Partnerships
6. Partnerships between Forestry Companies and Local Communities: Mechanisms for Efficiency, Equity, Resilience and Accountability, Sonja Vermeulen and James Mayers
7. Do Partnerships between Large Corporations and Amazonian Indigenous Groups Help or Hinder Communities and Forests?, Carla Morsello and W. Neil Adger
8. A Company-Community Partnership for FSC-Certified Non-Timber Forest Product Harvesting in Brazilian Amazonia: Requirements for Sustainable Exploitation, Tinde van Andel

Part IV – Multi or Intersector Partnerships
9. Sustainable Forest Management and the Guiana Shield Initiative, Pitou van Dijck
10. Impacts of Multi-Scale Partnerships on Miskitu Forest Governance in Nicaragua, Mary M. Brook
11. Partnerships across Scales: Lessons from Extractive Reserves in Brazilian Amazonia, Sergio Rosendo
12. Partnerships for Ecological Paper Production in the State of Pará, Brazil, Key Otsuki

Part V – Political Partnerships
13. Negotiating Solutions for Local Sustainable Development and the Prevention of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, Imme Scholz
14. Lessons from International Community Forestry Networks, Marcus Colchester
All those interested in sustainable forest and tree resource management.