At the Interface of Culture, Development, and Forests: Insights from Bolivia and Kenya

Rist, Stephan; Darr, Barbara; Bottazzi, Patrick (2014). At the Interface of Culture, Development, and Forests: Insights from Bolivia and Kenya. In: Pretzsch, Jürgen; Darr, Dietrich; Uibrig, Holm; Auch, Eckhard (eds.) Forests and Rural Development. Tropical Forestry: Vol. 9 (pp. 167-204). Berlin: Springer 10.1007/978-3-642-41404-6_7

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The first part summarises the origins, definitions and debates around the general notions of development, culture and associated more specific concepts such as identity, tradition, exogenous and endogenous knowledge, institutions, governance or territoriality. A second part highlights how culture and development got related to the debates around sustainable governance of natural resources and forests. The third part illustrates on the basis of a case study from Kenya and Bolivia how culture as a transversal element of forest governance is expressed in empirical terms. Moreover it is shown how the cultural dimension affects positively or negatively the outcomes of culturally shaped forest governance outcomes and the role these effects play in shaping the sustainability of the socio-ecological systems of forests in Africa and South America.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Tropical Forestry






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