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Intersectoral partnerships for sustainable development: The case for community forest management in Brazil.

Chenard, Helen Jones (2006) Intersectoral partnerships for sustainable development: The case for community forest management in Brazil. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

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Abstract

This thesis examines the roles of and the relationships amongst the public, private, Third, and intergovernmental sectors, in order to understand the dynamics of Intersectoral Partnerships (ISPs) and its impact as a sustainable development strategy in community forest management (CFM) projects in Brazil. Partnership literature highlights the value of ISPs' ability to pool resources; however, it fails to evaluate the role for each sector within partnerships. This study of ISPs reviews the theory behind sectors to explain their influence in partnerships and propose a solution utilizing sector strengths to optimize the impact of ISPs on sustainable livelihoods. This research tracks the evolution of ISPs in relation to development theories in literature to eventually focus on three Brazilian CFM projects. Backed by intergovernmental sector support, each of the three case studies represents a partnership with one of the public, Third or private sectors. An analysis of the production and commercialization process of CFM projects pinpoints valuable practical sector contributions and limitations. Sector strengths such as public sector infrastructure investments. Third sector monitoring of communities, private sector knowledge of marketing, and intergovernmental aid coordination create the foundation for ISPs in productive livelihoods. The research identifies training, certification, community organization and political voice as indicators of CFM projects' sustainability. ISPs prove their added value as a sustainable development strategy by addressing these elements better than any individual sector. This research recommends the clear delegation of responsibilities according to inherent sector strengths to maximize use of the wealth of resources provided by an ISP. A proactive approach to partnerships capitalizes on sector strengths and compensates for sector weaknesses to facilitate cooperation amongst sectors in the pursuit of sustainable livelihoods. The strategic use of the public, private, Third, and intergovernmental sectors within ISPs in project development and implementation will contribute to further reducing poverty and deforestation through CFM projects by promoting sustainable livelihoods for forest communities.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, Environmental, Latin American Studies, Sustainability, Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/2091

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