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ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Robert Fisher is an anthropologist with interests in community-based natural resources management (especially community forestry) and in the connections between natural resources, livelihoods and poverty. He is currently working on a book on poverty and conservation with IUCN The World Conservation Union. He is an Honorary Associate in the Division of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. Email: rjfisher@ozemail.com.au

Kaspar Schmidt is a forest scientist currently pursuing his PhD studies at the International and Rural Development Department at the University of Reading, UK. He belongs to the Group for Forestry and Development, Chair of Silviculture, Department of Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, and is leader of the RFPP research project on local knowledge and forest management strategies in the walnut-fruit forests in Kyrgyzstan. email: kschmidt@swissonline.ch

Brieke Steenhof is a forester specialising in community forestry. Since early 2001, she has been based in Kyrgyzstan as CFM Project Leader, Intercooperation, Ul. Jamasheva 1, Sputnik, Djalal-abad, 715611, Kyrgyzstan. Tel/fax: +996 3722 5 31 69; email: jalabad@mail.elcat.kg

Nurlan Akenshaev, who grew up in Ortok leshoz, is an MSc student in economics at the Kyrgyz National University and conducts socio-economic research in the framework of the RFPP research project, c/o Laboratory of Forest Resources, Forest Institute of the Kyrgyz Academy of Science, Ul. Jamasheva 1, Sputnik, Djalal-abad, 715611, Kyrgyzstan. Tel/fax: +996 3722 5 31 69; email: aknurlan@mail.ru


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