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Haumeni...not many: renewed plunder and mismanagement in the Timorese sandalwood industry

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Title: Haumeni...not many: renewed plunder and mismanagement in the Timorese sandalwood industry
Author(s): McWilliam, Andrew
Keywords: Haumeni;Timorese sandalwood industry;di punahkan;sandalwood exploitation;monopoly state control;policy change;indigenous control;political economy;natural resource management
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP), Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School for Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP) Working Paper: No. 29
[Introduction]: In the contemporary context, as in the past, what limits further development and conservation of sandalwood stands has less to do with the bio-physical aspects of plant husbandry, and much more to do with the politics of control and effective regulatory conditions for managing the resource. In the following paper I explore some of these aspects of sandalwood politics and argue that one key problem facing the development of a sustainable sandalwood industry in Timor is the monopoly State control of the commodity itself. Unless and until the Provincial Government relinquishes and devolves its control over the diminishing resource there is little likelihood of restoring sandalwood to its central historical place in the economics of Timor island. In the absence of progressive policy change local farming communities, who have been the historical producers of the fragrant wood, will continue to be denied their rightful inheritance.
ISSN: 0026-749X


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