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Trees, trust and the state: A comparison of participatory forest management in Pakistan and Tanzania


Shahbaz, Babar; Gimbage, Mbeyale; Haller, Tobias (2008). Trees, trust and the state: A comparison of participatory forest management in Pakistan and Tanzania. Journal of International Development, 20(5):641-653.

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This paper attempts to analyse the trust, power relations and emerging conflicts as state and non-state actors try to adjust to their new roles in the perspective of participatory forest management initiatives in Pakistan and Tanzania. Based on historical and empirical context, we argue that the institutional base responsible for enhancing trust between state and local actors is rather weak in both countries. The major obstacles are that the state actors are not willing to fully devolve power; and the responsibility - as delegated by the state - of newly created institutions demands forest protection rather than defining management rights.

This paper attempts to analyse the trust, power relations and emerging conflicts as state and non-state actors try to adjust to their new roles in the perspective of participatory forest management initiatives in Pakistan and Tanzania. Based on historical and empirical context, we argue that the institutional base responsible for enhancing trust between state and local actors is rather weak in both countries. The major obstacles are that the state actors are not willing to fully devolve power; and the responsibility - as delegated by the state - of newly created institutions demands forest protection rather than defining management rights.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:04 Mar 2009 13:22
Last Modified:04 May 2016 07:49
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0954-1748
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.1444

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