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China’s Forest Tenure Reforms: Impacts and implications for choice, conservation, and climate change


Date: January 22, 2010

During the past decade, China has undertaken the world’s largest forest land tenure reforms by giving forest collectives the power to reallocate forest use rights to individual households and communities. These reforms offer valuable lessons for other countries addressing land tenure issues and conflicts. The report examines the evolution of recent forest tenure reform in China, and finds that the situation differs according to each province’s history. It identifies an overall need to improve household participation in collective decision-making processes.

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