After The Romance: Communities And Environmental Governance In The Philippines
|Author||Karin L. Gollin|
|James L. Kho|
|Dimension||6 x 9|
The Philippines has been a pioneer in granting communities greater involvement in managing natural resources, including forests, coastal resources, and irrigation water. Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has seemed the answer to improving both equity and sustainability, yet progress has been mixed.
This book presents a collection of papers from a large review of Philippine CBNRM. As this study makes clear, CBNRM remains the nation’s best hope for sustainability; it is thus important to identify ways to improve outcomes, both for natural resources and for local resource-dependent peoples. The book focuses on the crucial role of governance in the pursuit of sustainability. In critiquing certain romantic approaches to community, several of the authors highlight the important advantages in creating a specific role for local government in Philippine CBNRM. The authors present recommendations on issues ranging from property rights to compensation mechanisms, from international treaties to local multi-stakeholder bodies.
Overall, they highlight the need to further develop stable community-based institutions. The concluding chapters present ideas for distributing authority, rights, and funding flows to create community-based institutions better able to support and enforce conservation measures; and to enable local people to play a substantive role in determining equitable and sustainable resource uses.
Karin L. Gollin has been engaged in international development work as a donor and a researcher for over fifteen years. Her work has focused particularly on Philippine governance and justice issues.
James L. Kho has been both a practitioner and a researcher, working on bilateral and multilateral-funded projects at the intersection of environment, law, and governance in the Philippines. He is currently Director of the Center for Social Policy, the research arm of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government.
CONTRIBUTORS: Sylvia Bagadion Engracia, Karin L. Gollin, Ernesto S. Guiang, Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez, James L. Kho, Antonio G.M. La Viña, Vicenter Paolo B. Yu III
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