This study is a policy assessment contrasting forestry reforms and their intended objectives against the state of the forestry sector in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua. The study finds that there is a gap between policy objectives and the state of forestry in the three countries, and that the policy frameworks are characterized by lack of policy implementation and intrinsically flawed design. In other words, reform failure matched by failure to reform is present in each country. The Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers followed, and possibly reinforced, existing policy trends but they were unable to solve the implementation problems and lack of coherence that mark the policies of the sector.

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Pellegrini, L. (2011). Forest management and Poverty in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua: reform failures?. The European Journal of Development Research, 23(2), 266–283. doi:10.1057/ejdr.2010.49