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Hoque, Obaidul, 2012. Collaborative management of the ‘protected’ forests of Bangladesh : space for participation of the people. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Participation in Bangladesh’s ‘protected’ forest management has been sought as a corrective to state’s failure to manage, conserve the country’s limited forest resources. ‘Participation’ is sought to achieve goals of conservation and livelihood. This is a significant shift from the radical pro-environment policy environment that locked forests away in ‘protected areas’, albeit largely ‘on paper’, from a significant human population whose interests are in conflict with those of the state, to a less radical ground where local inhabitants are ‘included’ in the ‘conservation’ of forest resources. While claims of successful ‘participation’ of local and non-local stakeholders in the newly imposed, ‘replicable’, management arrangements are surfacing, an understanding of the claimed participation becomes more relevant than ever. This essay argues that the claimed level and nature of ‘participation’ of the impoverished inhabitants of these protected forests is only a ‘construction’ that is gaining coin within the state – donor – development – academic landscape. The institutional arrangement put forward neither calls for meaningful participation nor take into account needs of a significant human population that is ever-increasingly dependent on the forest resources that are attempted to be ‘protected’.

Main title:Collaborative management of the ‘protected’ forests of Bangladesh
Subtitle:space for participation of the people
Authors:Hoque, Obaidul
Supervisor:Löfving, Staffan
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:co-management of forests, community forest management, forest devolution, participation, governance, natural resource management, CBNRM
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry - General aspects
Social sciences, humanities and education
Deposited On:27 Dec 2012 10:30
Metadata Last Modified:27 Dec 2012 10:30

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