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Management conflicts in Cameroonian community forests
Ezzine de Blas, Driss; Ruiz Perez, Manuel; Vermeulen, Cédric
2011In Ecology and Society, 16 (1)
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Keywords :
Cameroon; Community forest; common pool ressources management; social conflict; network analysis
Abstract :
[en] Cameroonian community forests were designed and implemented to meet the general objectives of forest management decentralisation for democratic and community management. The spread of management conflicts all over the country have shown that these broad expectations have not been met. We describe conflicts occurring in 20 community forests by types of actors and processes involved. We argue that a number of external (community vs. external actors) and internal (intra-community) conflicts are part of the causes blocking the expected outcome of Cameroonian community forests, fostering bad governance and loss of confidence. Rent appropriation and control of forest resources appear as systemic or generalised conflicts. While community forest support projects have tended to focus on capacity building activities, less direct attention has been given to these systemic problems. We conclude that some factors like appropriate leadership, and spending of logging receipts on collective benefits (direct and indirect) are needed to minimise conflicts. Government and development agencies should concentrate efforts on designing concrete tools for improving financial transparency while privileging communities with credible leaders.
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Environmental sciences & ecology
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Ezzine de Blas, Driss;  CIRAD
Ruiz Perez, Manuel;  Universidad Autonoma de Madrid > Facultad de Ciencias
Vermeulen, Cédric ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Forêts, Nature et Paysage > Laboratoire de Foresterie des régions trop. et subtropicales
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Management conflicts in Cameroonian community forests
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Ecology and Society
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Resilience Alliance
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