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The Reflective Practitioner: Learning and Teaching in Community-based Forest Management

D’Arcy Davis-Case, Tlell Community Forestry


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The world's natural forests, whose rich ecosystems support wildlife and human populations, are declining. In my 17 years as an international community forester, observing this decline has hardened my resolve to look for answers "outside the box." This paper is a reflection of some of the important lessons I am learning: to keep an open mind at all times, to remember that I can never be certain of the outcome of any given effort, to control my biases, to listen carefully, and to find common ground.

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action research, collaborative forest management, community forestry, community-based forest management, development theory, education, joint forest management, participatory forest management, uncertainty.

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