Assessing local communities and indigenous people’s law compliance behaviour: implications for FLEGT and REDD+

Compliance with laws plays a critical role in ensuring good natural resource governance and sustainable development. It is central to the success of the FLEGT and REDD+ processes that aim to prevent illegal logging and reduce deforestation and forest degradation in tropical countries. Investigations on forest governance in tropical Africa has largely focused on the problem of illegal logging and its impacts at local level, giving less attention to law compliance behaviour and factors determining such behaviour. The present study aims to bridge this gap by examining compliance with forestry rules and identifying factors that influence local communities and indigenous people’s compliance with the rules.

The study includes the following tasks:

  • Conduct a literature review on law compliance and compliance behaviour and analysis of policy documents  and based on this develop an analysis framework;
  • Analyse empirical data collected through semi-structured interviews (N=160) with local communities and indigenous people in East and South Cameroon and interpret the results; and
  • Explore the implication of key results of the study to FLEGT and REDD+ implementation.

An interested student could work on this topic in the Sustainability and Climate Change unit at the EFI headquarters in Joensuu. Understanding of forest policy and governance and basic statistics is both desired and French skills are an asset.