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Appraisal of the participatory forest management program in southern Burkina Faso

Coulibaly-Lingani, Pascaline (2011). Appraisal of the participatory forest management program in southern Burkina Faso. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2011:19
ISBN 978-91-576-7554-5
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In many developing countries there has been a paradigm shift in forest conservation and management strategies, away from State-centred control towards community-based schemes, with twin goals of fostering sustainable forest management and reducing poverty. In Burkina Faso, various policy reforms have been introduced and attempts have been made to devolve use and management rights to local communities since the 1980s. However, it remains questionable whether communities’ participation has yielded the intended improvements in livelihood and good governance. With the aims of providing a platform for developing strategies that promote sustainable forest management, the studies this thesis is based upon examined the participatory forest management program (PFM) in southern Burkina Faso in terms of people’s access to forest products, members’ participation, their perceptions of the program, and challenges associated with early stages of political decentralization. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered through household surveys, focus group discussions and literature reviews. The results show that factors related to decision-making, forest conservation and economic benefits are the most important determinants of participation. Further, the determinants of access to forest resources differed among households, thus local management institutions need to take these variations into account to ensure that the livelihood needs of the poor are met. Despite the decentralization policy in force in the country since 1992, the State Forest Service is still heavily involved in the decision-making process. This considerably limits the active participation of local people. The results also show that, to some extent, participation in forest management activities is influenced by gender, household size, land tenure status, marital status, and forest legislation and implementation of forest laws and regulations. The performance of the PFM groups was found to vary, depending on their proximity to roads and market. Members’ perceptions of the PFM seem to focus on their ability to generate income to support their livelihood, while less emphasis is placed on forest conservation. To enhance the outcome of the forest management program, the following strategies could be considered: securing user rights and empowering forest users by promoting the direct involvement of vulnerable and marginalized groups (women and migrants), increasing participation incentives, and enforcing the decentralization measures after addressing the challenges to enhance good governance and ensure equitable benefit-sharing.

Authors/Creators:Coulibaly-Lingani, Pascaline
Title:Appraisal of the participatory forest management program in southern Burkina Faso
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2011
Number of Pages:96
ALLI Pascaline Coulibaly-Lingani, Mulualem Tigabu, Patrice Savadogo, Per-Christer Oden, Jean-Marie Ouadba (2009). Determinants of access to forest products in southern Burkina Faso. Forest Policy and Economics 11, 516-524. II Pascaline Coulibaly-Lingani, Patrice Savadogo, Mulualem Tigabu, Per-Christer Oden (2011). Factors influencing people’s participation in the forest management program in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Accepted in Forest Policy and Economics III Pascaline Coulibaly-Lingani, Mulualem Tigabu, Patrice Savadogo, Per-Christer Oden (2010). Performance of four participatory forest management groups in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Submitted to Environment, Development and Sustainability. IV Pascaline Coulibaly-Lingani, Patrice Savadogo, Mulualem Tigabu, Per-Christer Oden, Jean-Marie Ouadba (2011). Decentralization of forest management in Burkina Faso: issues and challenges. (Manuscript). Papers I and II are reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7554-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:forest management, local communities, community involvement, nature conservation, forestry policies, burkina faso
Keywords:Burkina Faso, forest dependency, common-pool resource, property rights, gender, collective action, participation, accountability, decentralization
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ID Code:2449
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Pascaline Coulibaly-Lingani
Deposited On:09 Mar 2011 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:18

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