FAO and participatory forestry
FAO has a rich world-wide experience, knowledge and credibility in supporting national efforts to enhance community participation in forestry management. This expertise has been deployed to strengthen countries’ capacities in facilitating participation of a broader range of stakeholders (local communities, private sector, Civil society organizations, academia and research, traditional institutions etc); and from across other sectors, in decision-making and implementation of national forestry programmes.
FAO has developed tools, methods and approaches that countries can use at community and national levels in enhancing stakeholder participation in forestry decision-making. Through a joint initiative with the NFP Facility, FAO embarked on a process of strengthening in-country capacity of actors at national and sub-national levels, for inclusive and participatory planning and policy development processes through the provision of targeted training and guidelines. FAO is also addressing increased broader stakeholder participation in forest policy formulation and implementation.
FAO’s work in participatory forestry aims at enabling countries to achieve:
FAO’s work on participatory forestry focuses on the following areas: