Tenure Reform For Ecologically And Socially Responsible Forest
Published in: Outstanding Papers - Year: 1998
Book Line: Vol. 4 No. 4 ISBN 1-55014-356-5
It is the premise of the paper that new property institutions to mediate the relationship between human communities and the forest are necessary to achieve socially and ecologically responsible forestry in British Columbia. The paper begins from the presumption that the incentive people have and the actions they take can be influenced by the rights granted through the tenure system. The paper explores options for tenure reform by focusing on various elements of the property rights bundle, including the comprehensiveness, exclusivity, duration, security and transferability of rights to forest lands. Based on the experiences of the small-scale forest managers interviewed in British Columbia, the paper concludes that wood lots and community forests are the tenure forms, which would provide the greatest incentives for ecologically, and socially responsible forestry.