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Inventario de los Proyectos de Manejo Communitario de Vida Silvestre Centroamerica y Republica Dominica

I Gutierrez, N Ortiz, A Imbach

Working paper, 78 pages

This paper reports on the results of the work carried out in Central America and the Dominican Republic in early 1997 which aimed to produce a regional review of CWM and compile a generic database of initiatives and contacts, and a bibliography.
Several socio-economic and political issues were taken into account during the assessment including the weak colonial ties and uneven distribution of native Americans in the region; the effects of recent structural adjustment, the reduction in government action, democratisation and globalisation; and the continuing rural poverty. Government involvement in CWM in the region is minimal, the initiatives relying greatly on international and national NGOs.
200 wildlife management initiatives were identified in the area, though only 52 of these were considered to be CWM initiatives involving the local communities. These are summarised and briefly described. It is concluded that despite CWM playing a complementary role in the economy of many rural families in the region, it is hard to imagine a scenario where CWM would play a key role in rural development.

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