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What is the legal basis for sharing of Park entry fees or concession fees with local stakeholders? (3 answers)

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At present here in Bangladesh(as in many countries) PA entry fees (if there are any) are returned to the Treasury Department of Min of Finance.  In a few countries (such as Madagascar) laws have been written to ensure that some percentage of Park entry fees are shared to local stakeholders.  Where else is this done?  Are there any compilations of those countries that are doing such local PA benefits sharing?  We’d like to review these cases to include the language, if appropriate, in the new PA Act here.
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    Dec 10, 2008
    Concerning legal basis for sharing of Park entry fees or concession fees with local stakeholders, forestry laws of many countries (such as Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Benin) ensure that some percentage of concession fees are shared to local stakeholders. However, the effect of this measure is controversial. For example, concerning Côte d’Ivoire, a part of the stakeholders (concerned population) is in favour of releasing the contribution tax to the local development in social activities, while others want cash. In Cameroon, the financial compensations to the exploitation of the forest resources also called for over-exploitation of these resources in order to raise more money. They were also accompanied with the increase of financial mismanagement, degradation of social network, etc. In Benin, some Communes aimed to increase communal funds, while others hardly requested the departure of the forest agents of their communes because they obstructed, according to them, the development of these Communes.

    Therefore, before enacting by law, is it wise to – at least- identify the determining factors that impact the use of financial resources, to outlook the trends of their development, to set clear socio-development objectives, to anticipate measures that are mitigating negative impacts and to monitor the implementation of proposed actions.

    Ndinga Assitou
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      Dec 10, 2008
      Finally, on sharing of park entry fees. Sections of the relevant laws from Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Benin would be extremely useful. Of course, there are now an increasing number of countries that do it. But has there been an overall review of this process, i.e., the local sharing of park entry fees as an incentive to conservation?

      Philip DeCosse
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        Dec 10, 2008
        Regarding Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Benin, I talked about concession fees, not park entry fees. However, you may dowload the relevant laws on the website of FAO. Sorry, I do not have all my documents with me in Dakar.With my best wishes,Ndinga

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