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Forest concessions in Central Africa: An introduction to the Special Issue

Karsenty A., Hardin R.. 2017. International Forestry Review, 19 (S2) : p. 1-7.

DOI: 10.1505/146554817822295975

Forest concessions have been used by governments as a development instrument of remote and landlocked areas. Currently, in Africa, concessions are caught between the increase in population density in rural areas and agribusiness investors seeking land. They remain a controversial forest resource management instrument, although certification has been instrumental for improving management practices, in spite of contexts of poor governance. Relevance of traditional forest concessions is lowering in some places but innovations from both private and public actors create new opportunities of co-management of several ¿layers¿ of economic activity by different stakeholders sharing a common area.

Mots-clés : forêt; forêt tropicale; abattage d'arbres; aménagement forestier; législation de l'environnement; gouvernance; réglementation forestière; certification des forêts; cooperation public-privé; démographie; gestion des ressources naturelles; exploitation forestière; afrique centrale; cameroun; congo; république démocratique du congo; gabon; concession

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