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Policy and legal frameworks governing trees: incentives or disincentives for smallholder tree planting decisions in Cameroon?

(2013) SMALL-SCALE FORESTRY. 12(3). p.489-505
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Agroforestry and planting trees on farmers' fields have been reported as important elements in a strategy to meet the millennium development goals of poverty reduction and climate change improvement. However, their uptake seems to be constrained by factors both internal and external to the household and related to the policy and legislative environment. This paper examines the impact of these factors on farmers' decisions to plant trees. Cameroon is used as a case to analyse whether existing policies and legislation governing trees support or discourage tree planting, using qualitative content analyses. Although their mission papers and statements suggest most national government policies in Cameroon address tree planting and agroforestry, actual legislation designed to follow up the policies mostly contradicts the poverty reduction goals. Often legislation and regulations are more conservation-oriented and do not provide a clear procedure to distinguish between products from trees found in the wild and those gathered from farmers' fields.
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Policies and legislation, Ecosystem services, Millennium development goals, Agroforestry, Poverty reduction

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Divine Foundjem, Tita, Zac Tchoundjeu, Stijn Speelman, Marijke D’Haese, Ann Degrande, Ebenezer Asaah, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Patrick Van Damme, and Ousseynou Ndoye. 2013. “Policy and Legal Frameworks Governing Trees: Incentives or Disincentives for Smallholder Tree Planting Decisions in Cameroon?” Small-scale Forestry 12 (3): 489–505.
APA
Divine Foundjem, T., Tchoundjeu, Z., Speelman, S., D’Haese, M., Degrande, A., Asaah, E., Van Huylenbroeck, G., et al. (2013). Policy and legal frameworks governing trees: incentives or disincentives for smallholder tree planting decisions in Cameroon? SMALL-SCALE FORESTRY, 12(3), 489–505.
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Divine Foundjem T, Tchoundjeu Z, Speelman S, D’Haese M, Degrande A, Asaah E, et al. Policy and legal frameworks governing trees: incentives or disincentives for smallholder tree planting decisions in Cameroon? SMALL-SCALE FORESTRY. 2013;12(3):489–505.
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Divine Foundjem, Tita, Zac Tchoundjeu, Stijn Speelman, et al. “Policy and Legal Frameworks Governing Trees: Incentives or Disincentives for Smallholder Tree Planting Decisions in Cameroon?” SMALL-SCALE FORESTRY 12.3 (2013): 489–505. Print.
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  abstract     = {Agroforestry and planting trees on farmers' fields have been reported as important elements in a strategy to meet the millennium development goals of poverty reduction and climate change improvement. However, their uptake seems to be constrained by factors both internal and external to the household and related to the policy and legislative environment. This paper examines the impact of these factors on farmers' decisions to plant trees. Cameroon is used as a case to analyse whether existing policies and legislation governing trees support or discourage tree planting, using qualitative content analyses. Although their mission papers and statements suggest most national government policies in Cameroon address tree planting and agroforestry, actual legislation designed to follow up the policies mostly contradicts the poverty reduction goals. Often legislation and regulations are more conservation-oriented and do not provide a clear procedure to distinguish between products from trees found in the wild and those gathered from farmers' fields.},
  author       = {Divine Foundjem, Tita and Tchoundjeu, Zac and Speelman, Stijn and D'Haese, Marijke and Degrande, Ann and Asaah, Ebenezer and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido and Van Damme, Patrick and Ndoye, Ousseynou},
  issn         = {1873-7617},
  journal      = {SMALL-SCALE FORESTRY},
  keyword      = {Policies and legislation,Ecosystem services,Millennium development goals,Agroforestry,Poverty reduction},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {489--505},
  title        = {Policy and legal frameworks governing trees: incentives or disincentives for smallholder tree planting decisions in Cameroon?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-012-9225-z},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2013},
}

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