Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
RAP PUBLICATION 2005/02
IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE
REGIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY TRAINING CENTER
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Front cover montage: photos submitted by case study authors and M. Kashio
Back cover: Forestry Tasmania
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The search for excellence
Searching for excellence
Perceptions of excellence: Ingredients of good forest management
The distribution of excellence
Achieving excellence: can we afford it?
Forest from the mud: the Kalibo experience
Can Gio: turning mangroves into riches
Sulia Paribesh Parishad: guardians of the forest
Kompong Phluk and Bos Thom communities: asserting local rights
The Ikalahan: traditions bearing fruit
Cat's eye forests: the Krui damar gardens
The Ifugao muyong: sustaining water, culture and life
The Fasak Ecoforestry Project: a new day dawning
Periyar Tiger Reserve: poachers turned gamekeepers
Chaubas-Bhumlu community sawmill: empowering local people
Shree Binayak Pimidanda Community Forest: more than a paper tiger
Beyond Joint Forest Management: Dugli-Jawarra people's protected area
The Knuckles Range: protecting livelihoods, protecting forests
Forests of Huoshan County: a path towards poverty alleviation
Lake Taupo Forest: partners in development
Imabari-Tamagawa-Asakura Forest: a century of water conservation
Dong Phou Xoy and Dong Sithouane Production Forests: paving the way for village forestry
Lin'an County: a model for the future?
Forests of southwestern Australia: winds of change
Managing amidst conflict: the Huon District forests of Tasmania
Anmyeon-do Recreation Forest: a millenium of management
History of a legend: managing the Makiling Forest Reserve
Nakavu Forest: research makes the difference
Deramakot Forest Reserve: the future is now
Woodside Forest: learning and adapting
Diamond Raya Timber concession: diamonds are forever?
Timbercorp Forestry: attention to detail pays off
Forever Beech Limited: forest management at the cutting edge
Appendix 1: selecting the case study forests
Appendix 2: summaries of other nominations
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