This study provides evidence which suggests that current configurations of science and policy – their co-production – around forests and biodiversity remain antithetical to the interests of the poor. This is despite some important changes in scientific perspectives on people forest relations, and policy moves to ‘decentralisation’ and ‘participation’. This conclusion derives from research into the social shaping of science and policy in three contrasting countries in West African and the Caribbean (Guinea, Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago), and into the relations of the science /policy field with wider society in the context of their increasingly globalised scientific and governance regimes.
Forest Science and Forest Policy - Knowledge, Institutions and Policy Processes. Final Report.