FAO supported projects
Increased decentralisation and changing roles of public forest institutions have led to a greater institutionalization of participatory forestry approaches. This response to centralized and top-down forestry approaches has a number of social, environmental, and economic impacts. Frequently, increased local management and responsibility of natural resources has allowed stakeholders to address issues of forest tenure, local governance governance and engagement in national policy dialogues.
FAO helps to develop participatory processes at the local, national, and regional level across the globe. Much of this work takes place through on-the-ground projects which aim to include vested stakeholders in a collaborative and participatory process to improve economic, environmental social conditions. This section includes an overview of many of the projects focused on community forestry and participatory forestry that FAO has supported.