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Author Von Hellermann, Pauline.

Title Things fall apart? : the political ecology of forest governance in southern Nigeria / Pauline von Hellermann.

Publication Info. New York : Berghahn Books, 2013.

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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (206 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Studies in environmental anthropology and ethnobiology ; volume 18
Studies in environmental anthropology and ethnobiology ; v. 18.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ecology and politics in the Benin kingdom -- Separating farm and forest : reservation and dereservation -- Managing the forests : logging and regeneration -- Reinventing farm and forest : the changing forms of Taungya farming -- Okomu National Park : a postscript on conservation. -- Appendix: Administrative history of Edo State.
Summary Governance failure and corruption are increasingly identified as key causes of tropical deforestation. In Nigeria's Edo State, once the showcase of scientific forestry in West Africa,  large-scale forest conversion and the virtual depletion of  timber stocks are invariably attributed to recent failures in forest management, and are seen as yet another instance of how "things fall apart" in Nigeria. Through an in-depth historical and ethnographic study of forestry in Edo State, this book challenges this routine linking of political and ecological crisis narratives. It shows that the roots of many of today's problems lie in scientific forest management itself, rather than its recent abandonment, and moreover that many "illegal" local practices improve rather than reduce biodiversity and forest cover. The book therefore challenges preconceptions about contemporary Nigeria and highlights the need to reevaluate current understandings of what constitutes "good governance" in tropical forestry.
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Subject Forest management -- Political aspects -- Nigeria.
Forest policy -- Nigeria.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Real Estate -- General.
SCIENCE -- Environmental Science.
Forest policy.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Von Hellermann, Pauline. Things fall apart? First edition. New York Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2013 9780857459893 (DLC) 2013005540 (OCoLC)828883897
ISBN 9780857459909 (electronic bk.)
0857459902 (electronic bk.)
9780857459893 (hardback ; alk. paper)