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Understanding the Stability of Forest Reserve Boundaries in the West Mengo Region of Uganda

Nathan D Vogt, Indiana University Center for Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change
Abwoli Y Banana, Makerere University: Uganda Forest Resources and Institutions Center (UFRIC)
William Gombya-Ssembajjwe, Makerere University: Uganda Forest Resources and Institutions Center (UFRIC)
Joseph Bahati, Makerere University: Uganda Forest Resources and Institutions Center (UFRIC)

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Abstract

Despite heavy pressure and disturbance, state property regimes have stemmed deforestation within protected areas of the West Mengo region of Uganda for over 50 yr. In this manuscript, we reconstruct the process of creation and maintenance of forest reserve boundaries in the West Mengo region of Uganda to identify why these boundaries have largely remained stable over the long term under conditions in which they may be predicted to fail. The dramatic boundary stability in West Mengo we attribute to key aspects of institutional design and enforcement of boundaries.

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common pool resources; institutional arrangements; forest governance; remote sensing; conservation; Uganda
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