Guidelines for Institutionalizing and Implementing Community-based Forestry Management in sub-Saharan Africa


Guidelines for Institutionalizing and Implementing
Community-based Forestry Management
in sub-Saharan Africa

 

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Africa, Accra 2012


ABSTRACT

At its 16th and 17th sessions in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission deliberated on the issue of viable community involvement in forest and wildlife management and called upon its members and the international community to implement policies and actions to achieve this.

This publication is yet again one of FAO's attempts at providing such support to the continent. It proposes key institutional, policy and legislative measures that need to be put in place for the sustainable engagement of local communities in forest management and development. Furthermore, the document emphasizes the need for collective vision, equitable benefit sharing and value development of - and market access for - products, in order to make community forestry attractive to both governments and target communities.

This document is intended for use by policy-makers and forestry practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Acronyms and abbreviations
Introduction

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SECTION I: Background

  

1.1 Forest types and community-based forest management
1.2 Evolution of community-based forest management

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1.3 Community forest management approaches
1.4 Lessons learnt from the African experience with community-based forest management

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SECTION II: Key elements for enhancing institutionalization and implementation of community-based forest management

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SECTION III: Operational guides for enhancing the institutionalization and implementation of community-based forest management

  

3.1 Building a shared vision of community-based forest management
3.2 Developing enabling policies, legislation and institutional arrangements

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3.3 Facilitating the development and implementation of community-driven management plans
3.4 Practical steps in developing and implementing community-based forest management plan

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3.5 Highlighting and addressing environmental and socio-economic aspects of community-based forest management
3.6 Enhancing support services to stakeholders
3.7 Anticipating and capturing emerging issues

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References

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