Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 631–646 | Cite as

Community-based forest management in the Yungas biosphere reserve, Northern Argentina

  • Elena IanniEmail author
  • Mauricio Mattenet
  • Davide Geneletti
  • Lucio R. Malizia


The purpose of this paper is to discuss a methodology for the implementation of a participative plan for forest use and management in a rural community. We present an experience carried out in an aboriginal community located in the “Yungas biosphere reserve” in Northern Argentina. We developed a methodology to work with the community to assess the quality of the forest resources and to find out the causes of degradation. We worked at three levels: the community council, the community, and the school. The community has a very short-term vision. The setup, the feasibility, and the implementation of the plan is highly dependent on the willingness of the community to participate. It is so far the first attempt, in Yungas region, to develop a multi-level methodology to work with local communities to implement a forest-management plan. Findings and recommendations could be useful for others who would like to work in similar contexts.


Yungas Ecosystem approach Forest landscape restoration Community 



This work has been carried out within the framework of the ReForLan project ( The project has received research funding from the European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), contract number 032132. The views presented do not necessarily represent the opinion of the European Community, and the Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Ianni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mauricio Mattenet
    • 2
  • Davide Geneletti
    • 1
  • Lucio R. Malizia
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Fundación ProYungas, CC34Yerba BuenaArgentina
  3. 3.Faculty of Agrarian ScienceNational University of JujuySan Salvador de JujuyArgentina

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