The last several decades have seen drastic shifts toward decentralization in systems of managing forested areas around the planet. Such patterns have transferred control of significant areas of land from the hands of states to those of the private sector. This global forest tenure transitionhas involved nearly every continent on the planet, and has only hastened since the fall of many socialist governments across Eurasia. However, as resource governance systems emerge as part of broader political-economic shifts, they shape new relationships among state, society, and relevant stakeholders, as well as with the natural resources themselves. Within this pattern of transition Georgia has some of the most bio-diverse and important forested areas on the planet, a rural population that relies on these forests for fuel and other resources, and a set of forest governance structures that are currently in development.
The case of contemporary Georgian forest governance through decentralization demonstrates how democratic institutions may be shaped through state practices, yet complicated by socio-cultural and political histories. Exploring the political, economic and social connections within this process strengthens our understanding of how neoliberal ideologies, state, society, and environmental resources intersect in this post-socialist democratic territory. This ongoing research project draws from more than 30 interviews completed in the summers of 2012 and 2013. This presentation will briefly review the current state of forest governance in Georgia and the actions of relevant stakeholders involved its development. Discussion of these directions and their implications will then be complemented by the authorís analysis of how these processes may be contributing to the shape of the transitioning Georgian state.
Jesse Quinn, University of Arizona and ARISC Fellow
Date: 17:00, 7 August 2013
Venue: Georgian Geographic Society, 11 Gudiashvili, Tbilisi, Georgia
Biography: Jesse Quinn is an American graduate student who has recently completed his MA in geography at the University of Arizona. He will begin a PhD program in geography at Syracuse University this coming fall. Having previously spent four years working for National Geographic Television as an associate producer, he plans to combine both his academic and videography skills through future research projects in Georgia and the greater South Caucasus region.
This talk is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), and Georgian Geographic Society.
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