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Which Way Forward by Carol J. Pierce Colfer

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CHAPTER TWO

Ideas and Institutions inSocial Forestry Policy

Rita Lindayati

For the past decade, Indonesia's forestry community has witnessed growing opposition to the incumbent state-centered forest management system. The belief in the state as the sole legitimate resource developer and custodian has been condemned as the root cause of many contemporary forest-related problems (e.g., deforestation, forest-related social conflicts), particularly in the Outer Islands.1 In response to the ailing centralized system, many have proposed the community forestry alternative.2 This alternative is usually regarded as a better way to deal with the Outer Islands’ social and ecological complexities as well as the perceived unjust distribution of forest-generated ...

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