Monday, April 19, 2010


PUBLICATION: Community-Based Forest Management In Kalimantan, Indonesia

A new USAID report draws lessons from NRM experiences in Indonesia:

Capitalizing Knowledge Connecting Communities (CK2C) strives to build knowledge of successful natural resource management (NRM) initiatives by capturing lessons learned at the community level. The project identifies successful activities and analyzes the reasons underpinning these successes through a process termed stocktaking. Stocktaking was developed to complement conventional program evaluations by purposefully focusing on experiential knowledge. Stocktaking starts with impacts and then works backwards to a) identify the barriers that were overcome to achieve those impacts, and b) identify the specific actions taken to break down the barriers.

The goal of this stocktaking was to identify enabling conditions that engendered successful forest management in different locations in order to inform a process that would establish a set of principles for sound forest management. The stocktaking reviewed earlier work and examined three sites where different ecological, economic, and socio-cultural conditions prevail and distinct systems of forest governance are in place. The intention was to isolate the factors that have led to success across a broad array of ecological and socio-cultural conditions. This process and the discussions following the study also provided visibility that has attracted the attention of government, donors, and other parties that are in a position to influence forest management practices in Indonesia.

You can read the whole report and join in an ongoing discussion about it here.

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