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Organization, Objectives, and Procedural Outcomes: Trade-Offs Associated with Managerial Choices in Oaxacan Community Forest Enterprises Public Deposited

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  • This paper examines four community forest enterprises (CFEs) in Oaxaca, Mexico, where CFEs have been held up as a positive example of community forestry that simultaneously addresses both conservation and development goals. CFEs are community-owned businesses that manage their forests to provide income and other benefits and may be considered “social enterprises” due to their objectives beyond profit maximization, such as the provision of local employment and public goods and services. This paper draws on a case study, and community forestry and social enterprise scholarship to explore the variation in internal organization among CFEs, the objectives members hold for their enterprises, and the way organization and differences in objectives contribute to difficult choices between increasing profits and maintaining procedural outcomes such as trust and transparency in communities. While this work demonstrates how theorized “win-wins” in community forestry can belie trade-offs, it also highlights some of the ways communities have addressed and, in some cases, mitigated such tensions.
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  • This research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of the Canadian government and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)
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