Decentralisation and accountability in forest management: A case from Yunnan, Southwest China

Jianchu Xu, Jesse C. Ribot

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, China has introduced forest resources management reforms aiming to protect forests and enhance rural livelihoods. As part of these reforms, some powers over forestry management have been decentralised to village-level institutions. However, this decentralisation has so far failed to give local communities adequate control over forest resources, especially in areas like Yunnan where the ethnic minority population is heavily dependent on these resources for its livelihood. Insufficient powers have been decentralised, the village-level institutions are not sufficiently accountable to the public and some of the reforms designed to protect forest resources have had a negative impact on rural livelihoods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-173
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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