Pathways to forest governance in central America: Lessons from forest tenure reforms processes in Petén (Guatemala) and Gualaco and Guata (Honduras)


Por: Andrew Davis

Lessons from these two case studies in Guatemala and Honduras are also useful in understanding how community forests can best be supported to achieve optimal outcomes. This includes lessons on regulations: in both cases, government measures designed to ensure responsible stewardship have actually bogged communities down in bureaucracy, stifling opportunities for development, and even jeopardizing the community management model. Fortunately, both community groups analyzed here have effectively managed these obstacles and obtained positive local benefits thanks to a number of factors, including strong capacity to negotiate and respond to external requirements, access to valuable timber resources, improved technical capacity, and effective articulation with markets.