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Community forestry and tree theft in Mexico: resistance or complicity in conservation?


Community forestry and tree theft in Mexico: resistance or complicity in conservation?



Development and Change 31(1): 281-305



ISSN/ISBN: 0012-155X

DOI: 10.1111/1467-7660.00155

Community forestry is thought to diffuse the kind of tensions over access to resources that frequently make centralized forest management systems based on the principles of scientific forestry ineffective and conflictive. Centralized systems often create resistance, as communities whose vegetation management practices have been declared illegal by forest bureaucracies anonymously contest the restrictions imposed on them by 'stealing' trees and committing 'arson'.

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