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Appendix. Outline for case study information on agroforestry


  • I.

    Information about the community or communities

    • A.

      Pre-cooperative History--forest, pioneer community members, economic activities in community

    • B.

      Establishment of the Community--year founded, Who were first inhabitants?, Why did they stay?

    • C.

      Demographics--location, topography, villages and outlying settlements, population, access to community, livelihoods and occupations, crops and agricultural practices

    • D.

      Forest--forest zones and forest types, pre-coop forest exploitation, pre-coop forest rights, wildlife, How has the forest changed?

    • E.

      Land Tenure--Is the land/forest communal, national, or private? Squatters, land titles

    • F.

      Community Organizations and Resources

      • 1.

        Patronatos or committees--structure, members, functions, projects, incomes or funding

      • 2.

        Other influencial groups--Parent-Teacher Association, Water Boards, other cooperatives

      • 3.

        Municipality--relations with municipality and support towards the community

      • 4.

        Other resources and institutions of the community--cooperatives, primary and secondary schools, churches, community centers, health centers, rural credit organizations and banks, stores and markets, water system, electricity, communication, public transportation, industry, any history about institutions

  • II.

    Information on the agroforestry cooperative or group

    • A.

      Antecedents--existing pre-cooperative conditions, important pre-coop events

    • B.

      Founding of the Cooperative--Why was it founded?, What year?

      • 1.

        Promotion, training, funding (usually COHDEFOR)

      • 2.

        How many founding members?, first Board of Directors

      • 3.

        Legal recognition, ID #, initial difficulties, initial production, work system, assignment of areas, early changes

    • C.

      Structure, Functions, and Current Management of the Cooperative

      • 1.

        Board of Directors and Board of Trustees (sessions, members, functions, and duties)

      • 2.

        Does the coop pay a manager or forester? If not, who coordinates activities? How are accounting and records managed?

      • 3.

        How often does the coop assemble? How many current members are there? What are the costs and dues for each member?

      • 4.

        Activities--resin tapping, logging, lumber conversion, secondary conversion, reforestation, fire protection, commerce (cooperative stores, lumber or firewood sales), paid services, agricultural activities


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