'Arborealisation' and the limitations of community forestry

Andrew Walker

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The campaign for community forestry in upland areas of northern Thailand reflects an 'arborealised' perspective on upland agriculture. 'Arborealisation' is defined as the process whereby upland livelihoods are recast as forest livelihoods. As a result of an 'arborealised' perspective, securing rights to forest resources has come to be seen as the key to enhancing the livelihoods and tenure security of upland farmers. However, the emphasis of proposed community forest legislation on communally managed forest resources means that it will do little to enhance the tenure security of farmers in relation to agricultural land. An alternative, and more realistic, approach may require rethinking of attitudes towards the environment, agricultural commercialisation and the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-362
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Forestry Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Arborealisation
  • Community forestry
  • Northern Thailand
  • Tenure
  • Upland agriculture

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