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Local Stakeholders' Participation in Developing Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

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Criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management are important tools to improve the quality of forest management. In most cases they have been developed by experts, but the participation of stakeholders is essential if the C&I are to be locally relevant and practicable. We asked four stakeholder groups to apply a set of C&I to a forest management unit in the eastern Amazon basin. The study confirmed the importance of involving stakeholders and demonstrated that effective efforts begin with well-defined and clearly understandable C&I. Stakeholders were better able to apply and adapt measurable verifiers than the more abstract indicators and criteria. Intensive communication about personal experiences and subjective interpretations is necessary to prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Our study also confirmed the general practical applicability of C&I and revealed their potential as instruments of communication and learning.

Keywords: Amazon; Brazil; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Institute of Silviculture, Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences University of Freiburg Tennenbacherstr. 4 D-79085 Freiburg Germany, Email: 2: Senior Researcher CIFOR Regional Office Harare Zimbabwe 3: Consultant Vancouver Canada 4: Consultant São Paulo Brazil

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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