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Title: Effect of Instituting "Authorized Neighborhood Associations" on Communal (Iriai) Forest Ownership in Japan
Authors: Balooni, Kulbhushan
Yamshita, Utako
Inoue, Makota
Keywords: Authorized Neighborhood Associations
Forest Producers' Cooperatives
Iriai forest and system
Iriai rights holders - Japan
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Society and Natural Resources
Abstract: In recent years, changes in traditional communal (Iriai) forest ownership have beentaking place in rural Japan. One cause is the emergence of Authorized Neighborhood Associations introduced under the revised Local Autonomy Law, 1991. This study analyzes the effects of instituting multifunctional Authorized Neighborhood Associations on collectively owned forests in Japan. It examines the comparative institutional and policy characteristics of Authorized Neighborhood Associations and two other types of forest ownership, and presents findings based on case studies undertaken in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The study reveals that hamlets are establishing Authorized Neighborhood Associations to acquire formal collective ownership of Iriai forests, adapt to present socioeconomic realities, and reduce bureaucratic transaction costs. Authorized Neighborhood Associations are clearly emerging as an attractive alternative to other formal and informal grass-roots forestry institutions.
Description: Society and Natural Resources, 22:464 473Copyright c 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLCISSN: 0894-1920 print/152I-0723 online DOI:10.1080/08941920801985833
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2259/617
ISSN: 0894-1920
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