At the Interface of Culture, Development, and Forests: Insights from Bolivia and Kenya

  • Stephan RistEmail author
  • Barbara Darr
  • Patrick Bottazzi
Part of the Tropical Forestry book series (TROPICAL, volume 9)


The first part summarises the origins, definitions and debates around the general notions of development, culture and associated more specific concepts such as identity, tradition, exogenous and endogenous knowledge, institutions, governance or territoriality. A second part highlights how culture and development got related to the debates around sustainable governance of natural resources and forests. The third part illustrates on the basis of a case study from Kenya and Bolivia how culture as a transversal element of forest governance is expressed in empirical terms. Moreover it is shown how the cultural dimension affects positively or negatively the outcomes of culturally shaped forest governance outcomes and the role these effects play in shaping the sustainability of the socio-ecological systems of forests in Africa and South America.


Sustainable forest governance Culture and sustainability Bolivia Kenya 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)University of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of International Forestry and Forest ProductsTechnische Universität DresdenTharandtGermany

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