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Policy that Works for Forests and People: Overview Report.

James Mayers, Stephen Bass

Book/Report, 324 pages

Forest issues often concern large amounts of money, long time frames,huge areas of land, and diverse livelihoods. The issues are complex and vary from place to place. However, a pattern of forest problems is common to many countries: continuing loss of natural forests; over-concentrated control and inequitable access to forests; an ill-informed public; and poorly resourced, inflexible foresry institutions. Policy is the root cause of many of these forest problems. The report draws together the main findings from a series of six country studies – from Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe – and from a review of international policy initiatives. It aims to rpvide a better understanding of the forces at play in contests over policy, the winnders and losers, and the factors that affect policy outcomes. It also describes the processes that make and manage good policies, and the policy instrments that work in different contexts. By dealing with policy in practice – in the ‘real world’ of people and their institutions – the series aims to go beyond the frequently heard complaint that there is a lack of ‘political will’ to change, by showing how policy can change for the better.

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