As decentralisation and tenure reform sweeps through the Sahel, doubts remain whether communities can look after commonly owned land. Is privatisation or state control the best means of preventing the degradation of resources? Can local communities forge institutional mechanisms to regulate competing claims on common resources?
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Library ResourceJanuary, 2002Burkina Faso, Senegal, Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Library ResourceJanuary, 2002Liberia, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ivory Coast, Sub-Saharan Africa
Kissidougou in Guinea, West Africa, is characterised by so-called 'forest islands', relics - it was assumed -of original dense forest cover. It was also assumed that local cultivation practice was to blame for the destruction of the trees. However, as collaborative research led by the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Institute of Development Studies and Guinean researchers discovered, villagers had a different story to tell: that the forest islands had in fact been established over several generations as part of a process of deliberate forest management.
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