Mediating forest transitions: 'grand design' or 'muddling through'

Sayer, Jeffrey, Bull, Gary, and Elliot, Chris (2008) Mediating forest transitions: 'grand design' or 'muddling through'. Conservation and Society, 6 (4). pp. 320-327.

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Abstract

Present biodiversity conservation programmes in the remaining extensive forest blocks of the humid trop­ics are failing to achieve outcomes that will be viable in the medium to long term. Too much emphasis is given to what we term 'grand design'-ambitious and idealistic plans for conservation. Such plans im­plicitly oppose or restrict development and often attempt to block it by speculatively establishing paper parks. Insufficient recognition is given to the inevitable long term pressures for conversion to other land uses and to the weakness of local constituencies for conservation. Conservation institutions must build their capacity to engage with the process of change. They must constantly adapt to deal with a continuously unfolding set of challenges, opportunities and changing societal needs. This can be achieved by long term on-the-ground engagement and 'muddling through'. The range of conservation options must be enlarged to give more attention to biodiversity in managed landscapes and to mosaics composed of areas with dif­fering intensities of use. The challenge is to build the human capacity and institutions to achieve this.

Item ID: 18370
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: forest transition, deforestation, landscape approaches, scenarios, forest conservation strategies, conservation institutions
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Copyright: © Sayer et al. 2008. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and distribution of the article, provided the original work is cited.

ISSN: 0972-4923
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 05:44
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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