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For better or for worse?: local impacts of the decentralization of Indonesia’s forest sector

Palmer, Charles ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-179X and Engel, Stefanie (2007) For better or for worse?: local impacts of the decentralization of Indonesia’s forest sector. World Development, 35 (12). pp. 2131-2149. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2007.02.004


This paper quantifies the local impacts of mechanized logging on forest-dependent communities in Indonesia, before and after decentralization. A conceptual framework incorporates financial, social, enforcement, rent-seeking, and environmental impacts. Using data from 60 communities in East Kalimantan, the empirical results suggest that significantly more households received financial and in-kind benefits after decentralization compared to before. Many communities engaged in self-enforcement activities against firms both before and after decentralization. Post-decentralization, a significantly higher proportion of households perceived community forest ownership. There were few significant differences in perceived environmental impacts. Little evidence exists of a post-decentralization trade-off between environmental and financial contractual provisions.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 09:19
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 20:30

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