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Lind, Lova, 2018. Who gets what? : the community forest user group’s role in rebuilding communities. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The earthquake and the aftershocks that struck Nepal in 2015 brought destruction to many parts of the country, and still to this day rural communities struggle to rebuild their private houses and return life to what it was. This thesis found that in doing so, the villagers are dependent on resources such as labour, cash, and timber. Drawing on empirical data from four study locations in the mid-hills of Nepal, this thesis then analyses how four different community forest user groups (CFUGs) have responded to the increased demand for timber for reconstruction that arose following the earthquake. Through applying the theoretical lens of collective action, symbolic violence, access, and entitlement, this thesis also traces the possible causes for this response, and how it has affected the different groups in the communities to a different degree. It was found that community attributes such as the size of each forest user group, community heterogeneity as well as physical attributes (community forest composition and condition) have had a possible impact on the CFUG's ability to meet the need of its user household in the event of a disaster. Further, the thesis presents how the policy environment and interaction with other forest management institutions, both contemporary as well as historically, can affect the way the CFUG relate to the forest.

Main title:Who gets what?
Subtitle:the community forest user group’s role in rebuilding communities
Authors:Lind, Lova
Supervisor:Marquardt, Kristina and Khatri, Dil
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:community forest user group, forest management, disaster, timber, social inequality, symbolic violence, collective action, access, entitlement
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Forest injuries and protection
Deposited On:23 Nov 2018 12:15
Metadata Last Modified:20 May 2020 11:27

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