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Changing Ownership and Management of State Forest Plantations, An Overview Draft

This draft document was drawn up following the International Conference of the same title Cape Town, South Africa, 6-8 November 2002. This overview report aims to capture the findings from a review of literature and un-written experience, from a set of seven country case studies, and from the above-mentioned conference. Transferring ownership of plantations can be the right thing to do when it puts power in the hands of those who can use plantations for equitable, efficient and sustainable ends. But transfers can also go astray and be used to concentrate plantation power and privilege in too few hands. Absolute clarity of purpose, dedication of practitioners, specific steps, a phased learning approach and adequate resources, skills and time are all needed to make transfers work.

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