Forests in common and their contribution to local development

Gun Lidestav, Nevenka Bogataj, Paola Gatto, Anna Lawrence, Olof Stjernström, Jenny Wong

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In this chapter, we look at the role that a forest held in common can play in supporting local development and promoting the livelihood of the local community. Four dissimilar cases in Italy, Slovenia, Sweden and UK are described and analysed by applying the Sustainable Livelihood Framework. Despite very different pre-requisites and local conditions, our results show that all cases contain rules to maintain the extent and function of natural assets, and they contributed to the mobilisation of different types of capital. In each case there is evidence of interaction with higher governance levels, which protects the group’s room for action. The provision of access to natural and physical resources for rural people in a broader sense illustrates the cases’ orientation towards public good.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalisation and Change in Forest Ownership and Forest Use
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Resource Management in Transition
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781137571168
ISBN (Print)9781137571151
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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