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Individual Paper: Decolonising participation? Community forestry and the more-than-human commons

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The concept of the more-than-human commons attempts to articulate a relationship between limits and possibility, relationality and agency, human and non-human that moves beyond humanist, or dualist, ways of thinking and doing politics. This was the premise of a series of panels organised for the Undisciplined Environments political ecology conference in Stockholm, March 2016. Disrupting the binaries of social and natural, human and non-human, that undergird the history of capitalist enclosure and biopolitical control, the more-than-human commons foregrounds conflicts over what ecologies are visible and how they count within new regulatory and economic regimes (de la CadeƱa 2010). In this paper I reflect on the fresh learning and debates that emerged from the panels, themselves made up of international scholars working from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and empirical concepts. I further show the importance of these ideas by bringing them into dialogue with my empirical work in community forestry with local communities, NGOs and national policy sectors in Guatemala, Central America. Community forestry emerged at sites around the world through the 1990s, coinciding with the rise of neoliberal economic policy as well as rising awareness of the large-scale failure of global environmental and conservation schemes to value local and indigenous forms of knowledge to sustainability. Community forestry programmes authorise local communities to manage forests as common-pool resources according to regulations designed to protect biodiversity that are set internationally. However, they are also strongly influenced by tenure regimes, property law, and land rights struggles at nat


Day: 2016-09-01
Start time: 11:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: 391
Track: New democracy new institutions