Implementation of Participatory Forest Management in Kenya: A Case Study of Karima Forest

S. H. Thygesen, Trine Løber, E.M. Skensved, C.P. Hansen

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    This paper analyzes the distribution of powers before and after the implementation of participatory forest management (PFM) in Kenya. The paper is a case study of the Karima forest in the Central Highlands of Kenya. The study relies primarily on 34 semi-structured interviews with key actors involved in and affected by the PFM. The paper finds that the established Community Forest Association (CFA) has not been entrusted with significant powers; all powers and benefits remain with the local authority (county government). Moreover, the paper documents that the CFA offers a poor representation of the forest communities and weak downward accountability relations. Finally, it illustrates a planning process, which has weaknesses in participation and inclusiveness. Consequently, the paper suggests three areas for PFM policy reform in Kenya: (i) the role (powers) and function of CFAs; (ii) benefit sharing; and (iii) ways to make the PFM process more participatory and inclusive.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftInternational Forestry Review
    Vol/bind18
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)357-368
    ISSN1465-5489
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016

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    Thygesen, S. H. ; Løber, Trine ; Skensved, E.M. ; Hansen, C.P. / Implementation of Participatory Forest Management in Kenya : A Case Study of Karima Forest. I: International Forestry Review. 2016 ; Bind 18, Nr. 3. s. 357-368.
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    I: International Forestry Review, Bind 18, Nr. 3, 2016, s. 357-368.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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