People’s attitude and use of forestland: Co-evolution of forest administration in Bangladesh
Authors: Ali, Mohammad; Kabir, M.; Hoque, A.
Source: Small-scale Forestry, Volume 5, Number 2, September 2006 , pp. 271-286(16)
Abstract:This paper explores the influence over time of past policies on people’s attitudes towards the use of forestland in Bangladesh. The discourses of the attitudes of people were captured from the observed social tradition towards forest resources. Forests were reserved systematically and solely through the Forest Department. The conservation processes were not participatory, and rights and tenure were strictly controlled. People were socially excluded and alienated from the forest, and the socio-political factors stimulated negative attitudes among people. Forests were considered to be government property, and therefore managing forests was the responsibility of the government. People only used forest resources to meet their own requirements, either with formal permission or illegally. This situation continued even after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. As a result, the forests of Bangladesh have been degraded heavily in recent decades.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-09-01