Decentralization and Devolution of
Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific

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ISBN: 974-7946-02-5

Citation: Enters, T., Durst, P.B., and M. Victor (eds). 2000. Decentralization and Devolution of Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific . RECOFTC Report N.18 and RAP Publication 2000/1. Bangkok, Thailand.

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FAO and RECOFTC 2000

Table of Contents



Overview of Themes and Issues in Devolution and Decentralization of Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific

by R.J. Fisher, Patrick B. Durst, Thomas Enters and Michael Victor

Section 1: Key Issues and Emerging Trends

Section 2: Similar Objectives - Diverse Approaches

Section 3: Institutional Adaptation and Dealing with Change

Section 4: Decentralization and Devolution in Forest Conservation

Section 5: Decentralization Processes and Experiences in the Philippines