Social Capital of Farmer Forest Groups in Indonesia

Mr Bugi Sumirat

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Community-based forestry is an increasingly important and mainstream segment of Indonesia's forestry sector. As with community forestry in many other tropical countries, forestry contributes in many ways to the daily livelihoods of millions of village-based families. Indonesia's Central and Provincial governments are supportive of community forestry as it has appeal as a strategy to simultaneously reduce pressure on remaining natural forests, build supplies for the forest processing industries, and assist reduce poverty in rural communities. A variety of legislative reforms and incentive programs have been pursued by the different tiers of government since the 1980s, however the success of community forestry in Indonesia is varied and the critical factors not always apparent. Farmer forest groups comprised of local village-based farmers are an important institution for developing community forestry, yet there is little research about the social dynamics of these groups and how best they can be supported. In particular, social capital has been cited by some analysts as an important component of the vitality and enduring capacity of farmer forest groups, but there is little published information to guide efforts seeking to build the social capital of these groups.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Race, Digby, Principal Supervisor
  • Millar, Joanne, Co-Supervisor
Award date01 Nov 2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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