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Title:Managing Africa's tropical dry forests: a review of indigenous methods
Author:Shepherd, GillISNI
Series:ODI agricultural occasional paper
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Overseas Development Institute
Geographic terms:Africa
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Abstract:This book presents the results of an extensive literature search and analysis of indigenous forest management practices in dryland Africa. The introductory first part deals with ownership of woodland; the creation of tenure through labour; indigenous woodland management methods; woodland management and the State; woodland management and other change; and four woodland management projects: Guesselbodi, Niger; Rawasha forest, Eastern Sudan; Bay region, Somalia; Turkana rural development project, Kenya. The author points out that rising population densities, and the weakening of local juridical and political authority, have often narrowed the range of people able to cooperate with each other for management, and thus the size of area which any one group can manage effectively. At the same time the State's ability to protect forests in this region may now be so diminished that the best solution is to pass management and ownership to appropriate groups of local people. Part two contains 111 references arranged alphabetically by author, and with extensive summaries. Most of the documents were published in the 1980s, but earlier literature has also been included. Annex 1: Characteristics of the Sahelian and Sudanian zones. Annex 2: Additional French bibliographic materials from J.P. Raison, 1988.