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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-59

New England's Community Forests: Comparing a Regional Model to ICCAs

1 Independent consultant Research undertaken at: Community Forest Collaborative, Manchester, NH, USA
2 The Environment Program, The Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA
3 Forest Sociology, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

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Martha West Lyman
Independent consultant Research undertaken at: Community Forest Collaborative, Manchester, NH
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This paper examines the ways in which some forms of community forests in the northeastern United States could be considered Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs), based on the work conducted by the Community Forest Collaborative, a partnership of four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the US. The Collaborative defined a Community Forest Model for northern New England, conducted research on the economic, social, community, and conservation values of the Community Forest Model and developed case studies on five community forest projects. Five key attributes of ICCAs were selected and used to compare with characteristics of the Collaborative's Community Forest Model. The results conclude that the Community Forest Model is very consistent and compatible with the characteristics of ICCAs, defined by Kothari (2006), and further, that there would be benefits both to community forests in New England as well as to other ICCAs to include the Community Forest Model as an example of an ICCA.

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