Can CAMPFIRE go beyond elephant?

Can CAMPFIRE go beyond elephant?

Asks if the CAMPFIRE community-based natural resource management strategies can be applied more widely

Policy brief looking at whether the CAMPFIRE initiatives that involve empowering local communities to manage and benefit from their natural resources can be applied to a broader spectrum of woodland resources.

It identifies the following problems:

  • a legal and policy framework which is not enabling to local management
  • weakened local institutional structures
  • a high degree of differentiation with respect to woodland resource use within communities
  • problems of defining resource user groups
  • the potentially low market value of woodland products

The brief concludes that a range of supporting activities are required to develop CAMPFIRE-type schemes, including policy reform, developing enabling legislation, capacity building at the local level, and refined planning processes that support community based management.

[adapted from authors]