New tools to assess, expand and empower community-based forestry launched at Asia Pacific Forestry Week

©UNREDD/L Liu 21 June 2019, Incheon – Two new publications containing tools to help policymakers assess community-based forestry were launched this week at the Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon, Korea.

There is compelling evidence that community-based forestry — local people managing forests individually or in groups — reduces poverty and restores ecosystems.

Most countries around the world support some form of community-based forestry. However, studies have shown that in many cases it has not reached its full potential because policymakers did not have the tools with which to gauge its effects at national and global levels.

The new publications: A framework to assess the extent and effectiveness of community-based forestry and Assessing the governance of tenure for improving forests and livelihoods fill this gap.

Community-based forestry around the world has been expanding over the past four decades: in some cases ownership was returned to local communities and in others it passed from states to smallholders.

This change has been driven by concerns over the rights of forest peoples — particularly indigenous groups and civil society activists — coupled with a recognition of inadequacies in centralized state management.

A growing global population, market demands and ongoing threats posed by climate change are increasing pressure on land, fisheries and forests. Advancing the responsible governance of forest tenure and empowering community-based forestry can contribute to achieving aspects of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – namely responding to climate change, building resilient communities, enhancing inclusive growth and sustainably managing the earth’s natural resources.

The tools launched today can be used to develop a common vision at the country level so that community-based forestry can fulfill its social, economic and environmental promise.

last updated:  Friday, June 21, 2019