Major investments have been made in recent decades in the development of community forestry. Drawing on two contrasting cases - Nepal and Cameroon - this paper argues that policy development has involved many unknowns, necessitating a learning process orientation and considerable flexibility. This involves substantial cost, but the benefits may be significant, as regards both rural livelihoods and the proper husbandry of hitherto under-managed resources.
Brown, D., Malla, Y., Schreckenberg, K. and Springate-Baginski, O (2002) From supervising ‘subjects’ to supporting ‘citizens’: Recent developments in community forestry in Asia and Africa. ODI Natural Resources Perspectives Paper No 75. London: ODI. 4 pp.