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The economics of community forest management in Madagascar: Is there a free lunch?

Hockley, Neal , Andriamarovololona, Mijasoa M.

The economics of community forest management in Madagascar: Is there a free lunch?

The report analyzes from an economic perspective the community forestry approach which transfers some management authority to local communities (COBAs). A large number of recommendations are made showing that the system is in need of reform if it is to sustainably meet its objectives. The report covers a range of issues but basically shows that the present system is extractive of local communities - outsiders are "extracting a free lunch" from the communities.

Jon Anderson
IRG/Englility
Feb 17, 2013 12:00 AM
USAID
Project overview document/gray literature, Country-based case study, Tool/methodology (e.g. legal analysis, value chain analysis, participatory methods, rapid assessment)
 
Africa
Africa - Southern
Madagascar
several
community forestry
Forest
Improved information and knowledge management systems - [Relevant]
Promoted local land use planning and appropriate resource tenure systems - [Relevant]
Built capacity and invested in human resources - [Relevant]
Promoted cost effective technical advisory and intermediary services - [Critical]
Promoted or developed economic strategies for natural resource management - [Critical]
Strengthened markets and NRM market incentives - [Critical]
Invested in local organizations - [Relevant]
Created a framework for better NRM choices - [Relevant]
Assured that resource managers have access to NRM means and benefits - [Relevant]
Assured that resource managers have access to NRM means and benefits - [Critical]
Proportional equivalence between benefits and costs - [Relevant]
Proportional equivalence between benefits and costs - [Critical]
Procedural rights for all people, especially vulnerable or marginalized groups - [Critical]
Natural resource authority and functions distribution - [Critical]
Land use planning
Land tenure securitization
Resource user groups
Devolution to communities
GIS/remote sensing
Economic/income generation - [Yes]
Economic/income generation - [Household]
Economic/income generation - [Communal]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Economic/income generation - [Yes]
Environmental/productivity - [Yes]
Economic/income generation - [Yes]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Resources - [External or structural policies that influenced success or failure]
Economic - [External or structural policies that influenced success or failure]
Governance - [External or structural policies that influenced success or failure]
Lessons learned (Cautionary Tale)
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