This project studies the development of new institutional frameworks for bridging the gap between government devolution from central/provincial to district level and community-based institutions for integrated natural resource management in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
It is an inter-paradigmatic exchange between political ecology and post-structuralist interpretations of actor-structure relationships. The stuy is founded on multiple discourse where different interpretations of a particular phenomenon by various actors have been analysed. The thesis is meant to show that relationships between society and nature are dynamic, entail multi-sited struggles among many actors at several terrains and are deeply rooted in earlier history.
The study transpires that the forest is shaped by a loosely knit network of actors that are linked together by a kaleidoscope of rights, claims and social relationships which seem tot determine the fate of the forest in the village.