Summerschool 2011 Participatory forest management as practice and performance

Organized in collaboration with WASS this summer school addresses the challenges of performing participatory forest management in the fields of Natural Resource Management (NRM), climate change, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation(REDD) and certification.

Organisator Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

ma 11 juli 2011 tot vr 15 juli 2011

Locatie Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen

Introduction & objectives of the course

When it comes to performing participatory forest management, three sets of challenges stand out. The first challenge is concerned with accommodating the often competing claims of knowledge around practices of forest management by the locals and the specialists. In particular, this relates to the tensions between scientific, expert-based knowledge and associated technocratic forms of planning and local, customary practices based on lay forms of knowledge. The second major challenge is in devising ways of surpassing and/or accommodating the asymmetric power relations that characterize the interactions within and across communities and various actors who perform the forest management at various levels. The third, and by no means the final challenge is finding a balance between the livelihood concerns of the forest dependent communities and the larger meta-concerns of global ecological crisis and bio-diversity conservation through the adoption of sustainable environmental governance practices at various levels. These socio-ecological dynamics play a major role in regulating the scale and extent of participatory forest management processes as well as the outcomes in the long run.

This summer school addresses these challenges by means of presenting relevant theories and concepts complemented by empirical examples of forest management practices from various parts of the world. The scope and content of this course directly complements cutting-edge research in related fields such as the Natural Resource Management (NRM), climate change, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation(REDD) and certification. The core idea is to have lectures and master classes of well-known academics in this field together with highly motivated and talented PhDs and Post-docs from all over the world.

Topics summerschool

  • State of the art in theories of 1) power, 2) knowledge and expertise, 3) practice and performance, and 4) participation and community based approaches, related to forest management
  • The different forms of participatory forest management in various contexts
  • The different intended and unintended implications of participatory forest management
  • The role of development aid and interventions in local communities
  • The interactions between formal and informal institutions, discourses and practices in participatory forest management

Target group and learning outcomes

We aim to bring in a maximum of 50 talented and highly motivated PhD fellows and early career Post-Doc researchers from across the world as participants for this summer school. After participating in this summer school, the participants are supposed to be –

  • Acquainted with several related state-of-the-art social science theories and concepts on PFM
  • Able to apply them in participatory forest management research
  • Able to link them to concrete forest management practices
  • Able to develop different (policy) options and discuss their implications
  • Able to engage in methodological debates around practice-based approaches on to research and forest management
  • Able to critically reflect on the different intended and unintended consequences of participatory approaches to forest management