Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector

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Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector. / Basnyat, B.; Treue, T.; Pokharel, R. K.

In: International Forestry Review, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2019, p. 401-415.

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Basnyat, B, Treue, T & Pokharel, RK 2019, 'Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector', International Forestry Review, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 401-415. https://doi.org/10.1505/146554819827906861

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Basnyat, B., Treue, T., & Pokharel, R. K. (2019). Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector. International Forestry Review, 21(4), 401-415. https://doi.org/10.1505/146554819827906861

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Basnyat B, Treue T, Pokharel RK. Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector. International Forestry Review. 2019;21(4):401-415. https://doi.org/10.1505/146554819827906861

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Basnyat, B. ; Treue, T. ; Pokharel, R. K. / Bureaucratic recentralisation of Nepal's community forestry sector. In: International Forestry Review. 2019 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 401-415.

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