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Pokorny B., Prabhu R., McDougall C. and Bauch R. 2004. Local Stakeholders’ Participation in Developing Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.

Journal of Forestry 102 (1), 35-40

 

Criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management are important tools to improvethe quality of forest management. In most cases they have been developed by experts,but the participation of stakeholders is essential if the C&I are to be locally relevant and practicable.
We asked four stakeholder groups to apply a set of C&I to a forest management unit in
the eastern Amazon basin. The study confirmed the importance of involving stakeholders anddemonstrated that effective efforts begin with well-defined and clearly understandable C&I.Stakeholders were better able to apply and adapt measurable verifiers than the more abstractindicators and criteria. Intensive communication about personal experiences and subjectiveinterpretations is necessary to prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Our studyalso confirmed the general practical applicability of C&I and revealed their potential as instrumentsof communication and learning.

Keywords: Amazon; Brazil; international forestry; sustainability

 

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