Risking change: experimenting with local forest management committees in Jamaica

As forestry in many countries becomes less about timber production and more about watershed protection, biodiversity conervation and tourism, the range of stakeholders grows larger and more diverse, while regulation and enforcement become more difficult. This paper presents the results of research by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and the Jamaica Forestry Department on one component of Jamaica's new approach: the establishment of local forest management committees to involve stakeholders in managing forest reserves.