The Politics of Deforestation in Africa

Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda

Authors: Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

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  • Explores how environmental policies are made and enforced in Africa
  • Explains the gap between intent and impact of forest policies in Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Brings to light the often overlooked perspectives of African farmers who are affected by environmental policies
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About this book

This book explores how environmental policies are made and enforced in Africa. Specifically, this project explains the gap between intent and impact of forest policies, focusing on three African societies facing persistent deforestation today: Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda. The central claim of the study is that deforestation persists because conservation policies and projects, which are largely underwritten by foreign donors, consistently ignore the fact that conservation is possible only under limited and specific conditions. To make the case, the author examines how decision-making power is negotiated and exercised where communities make environmental decisions daily (local level) and where environmental policies are negotiated and enacted (national level) across three distinct African political systems.

About the authors

Nadia Horning is Associate Professor, Director of African Studies, and Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College, USA. 

Reviews

“Professor Horning’s book is an invaluable contribution to the world’s knowledge about conservation. I found it truly enlightening and encourage all African leaders, conservationists, and international donors to read it in order to craft and implement more effective conservation policies.” (Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership University, Mauritius & Rwanda)

“Horning’s argument that the simultaneous alignment of local, national and international actors’ interests makes forest conservation most likely is compelling. Her thesis is applicable to other areas of Africa and beyond the continent. Her work shows how Africans can utilize their own governance mechanisms to resolve environmental issues in Africa, as well as pose paradigms applicable to non-African contexts. This is the essence of the value of comparative political science work.” (Errol Henderson, Associate Professor, Penn State University, USA)

“Horning challenges the notion that there is a symbiotic relationship between farmers and executives/donors, yet she persuasively argues that it is at the nexus of this relationship that efficacious policy can be made. The book is a manual for policy-makers and an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.” (Joshua Rubongoya, Professor, Roanoke College, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Why Deforestation Persists in Africa: Actors, Interests, and Interest Alignment

    Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

    Pages 1-41

  • Seeing Like a Farmer: Resource Politics at the Community Level

    Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

    Pages 43-88

  • Executive Branches and Trees: Environmental Politics at the National Level

    Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

    Pages 89-134

  • Across the Great Divide: Collaborative Forest Management

    Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

    Pages 135-163

  • Epilogue

    Horning, Nadia Rabesahala

    Pages 165-175

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76828-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76827-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Deforestation in Africa
Book Subtitle
Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76828-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76828-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76827-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 183
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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