Community-based forest management

Today, the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend directly or indirectly on forests for the generation of cash and non-cash income, providing a wide range of social, economic, cultural, spiritual and environmental benefits for local communities. Recognizing local actors as key forests stakeholders and promoting their inclusion in the management of forests greatly contributes to improve local livelihoods and rural development as well as ensuring forest conservation.

FAO provides assistance to countries in the development and implementation of forestry policies and programs that promote the active participation of local communities in the planning, management of forest lands and resources and in enjoying the benefits accruing from their activities in the forests.

Broadly defined, community-based forest management encompasses the management of forest lands and forest resources by or with local people, individually or in groups, and for commercial or non-commercial purposes. 

last updated:  Monday, June 6, 2011