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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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The Community Forest Movement in Nepal as Participatory Governance: Civil Society, Deliberative Politics, and Participatory Expertise

The Community Forest Movement in Nepal as Participatory Governance: Civil Society, Deliberative Politics, and Participatory Expertise

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(p.160) 7 The Community Forest Movement in Nepal as Participatory Governance: Civil Society, Deliberative Politics, and Participatory Expertise
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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect
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Frank Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.003.0008

This chapter provides a detailed example of participatory environmental governance. The experience of the community forest movement and its participatory governance practices in Nepal offers important insights into the broader tensions between democratic participation and technical expertise in climate change policy, especially the role of facilitating public engagement. It explains how a federation established by political activists set up a civil society association that challenged the national Ministry of Forestry and its scientific practices. It also presents the role of a civil society think tank that supported these activities. The efforts of this community forest movement are especially important given the crucial role of forests in reducing carbon emissions. For this reason, it has become a model for global protection of forests in countries around the globe. The chapter presents this development and interrogates its lessons about participatory governance, advanced as an alternative approach to environmental democracy.

Keywords:   Nepal, participatory governance, forestry, federation, scientific practices, think tank, critical action research

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