Hanging in the Balance: Equity in Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Asia


Sango Mahanty, Jefferson Fox, Michael Nurse, Peter Stephen, and Leslie McLees (eds.)


Bangkok: RECOFTC (Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific); Honolulu: East-West Center

Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 974-93834-1-9
Binding: paper
Pages: v, 222


The Millennium Development Goals remind us of the fundamental relationship between poverty reduction and equitable and sustainable development. Community based approaches to natural resource management aim to work on these processes concurrently. However, there are diverse views on the effectiveness of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in supporting benefit sharing and increasing the voice of marginalized groups. This book brings together a set of papers that particularly examine the potential of CBNRM initiatives to contribute to equity in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

These papers were developed at the 'Eleventh Workshop on Community Management of Forest Lands: Equity in CBNRM,' which was co-facilitated by the East-West Center and RECOFTC and funded by the Ford Foundation.


Front matter: Title Page, Foreword, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents


Introduction: Equity in Community-Based Resource Management
Sango Mahanty, Jefferson Fox, Leslie McLees, Michael Nurse, and Peter Stephen
Indicating Success: Evaluation of Community Protected Areas in Cambodia
Socheat Leakhena San
Total Factor Productivity Change and Poverty Reduction in China: Experiences from Three Counties
Can Liu
Who is in? Who is out? Equity and Customary Community Forest Management in Meghalaya, India
A. Kyrham Nongkynrih
Managing Forest with Community (PHBM) in Central Java: Promoting Equity in Access to NTFPs
Diah Djajanti
Enabling Policy and Procedures in a National Park: A Struggle for Equity Case Study in Kuningan Districts, West Java
Ratna Isnaini
Impacts of Cash Crops on Rural Livelihoods: A Case Study from Muang Sing, Luang Namtha Province, Northern Lao PDR
Thongmanivong Sithong and Vongvisouk Thoumthone
Do Civil Society Organizations Promote Equity in Community Forestry? A Reflection from Nepal's Experiences
Harisharan Luintel
Widening the Gap between Terai and Hill Farmers in Nepal: The Implications of the New Forest Policy 2000
Bhola Bhattarai
Promoting Equity: A Challenge in the Implementation of Community-Based Forest Management Strategy in the Philippines
Domingo T. Bacalla
Improving Rural Livelihood Through CBNRM: A Case of Self-organization in Community Mangrove Management in Thailand
Somyiing Soontornwong
Forest Devolution in Dak Lak, Vietnam: Improving Forest Management or Livelihoods of the Poor?
Tan Quang Nguyen