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Toward improved impact evaluation of community forest management in Indonesia

Toward improved impact evaluation of community forest management in Indonesia

Meijaard, Erik ORCID: 0000-0001-8685-3685, Santika, Truly ORCID: 0000-0002-3125-9467, Wilson, Kerrie A., Budiharta, Sugeng, Kusworo, Ahmad, Law, Elizabeth A., Friedman, Rachel ORCID: 0000-0002-9437-9239, Hutabarat, Joseph A., Indrawan, Tito P., Sherman, Julie, St. John, Freya A. V. ORCID: 0000-0002-5707-310X and Struebig, Matthew J. (2020) Toward improved impact evaluation of community forest management in Indonesia. Conservation Science and Practice. ISSN 2578-4854 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.189)

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Abstract

Many tropical countries continue to devolve forest management to forest‐dwelling communities. The assumption is that local knowledge of forests and community engagement in forest management will attain multiple social and environmental co‐benefits, such as poverty alleviation and reduced deforestation and fires. Evidence for this, however, is scant, commonly hampered by data availability and a lack of technical capacity for implementing statistically robust impact evaluations. Based on a practice‐based review of policy implementation, impact evaluation of case studies and examples of counterfactual analyses from Indonesia, we demonstrate that it is increasingly feasible to determine the conditions under which community forest management will most likely achieve its social and environmental objectives. Adapting community forest management implementation based on feedback from accurate impact evaluation could lead to positive outcomes for people and environment in Indonesia, and across the tropical realm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiversity, conservation, deforestation, forest, impact evaluation, poverty, tropical forest management, welfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 07:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28376

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