Field manual helps create more equitable PFM projects. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R6914: The economic analysis of stakeholder participation in participatory forest management (PFM) and R6914E: Economic incentives study of participatory forest management (PFM) in Himachal Pradesh, India.

A new field manual is allowing local or national economists who have not had in-depth training on natural resources economics to study participatory forest management (PFM) situations. The aim is to promote more equitable projects and policies. The book contains six ways of comparing local stakeholder incentives in forest management with alternative land or livelihood uses. It also breaks down communities into wealth- and gender-based sub-groups to assess how much each one is benefiting. Spanish and Chinese translations have been made. The manual was necessary because weak local involvement in PFM activities and poor understanding of the costs and benefits to local people have sometimes constrained the design of effective project interventions and policies. Also, there has been a lack of economic analysis of PFM, especially the incentives for local forest users.

This output only contains a Description. Attached PDF (6 pp.) taken from the CD.

Citation

FRP15, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 96

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