A range of case studies, workshops and training courses will be undertaken within the following four main activities:
Improving Forest Farmers’ Cooperatives (FFCs)
Strengthening policies, laws, regulations and institutional frameworks for FFCs, and improving capacity within local authorities and FFCs will create more effective FFCs.
- Case studies and workshops will be undertaken to assess the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of existing FFCs.
- Selected pilot FFCs and local government forestry agencies will receive technical support and training.
- Policy guidelines on how to enhance implementation of the new national law on Forest Farmers’ Cooperatives in collective forests will be produced.
More effective trade centres for forest ownership and land-use rights
Strengthened policies, laws, regulations and institutional frameworks for trade centres and improved access to market information for forest farmers will reduce the transaction costs of trade at the provincial, county and township levels.
- Case studies and workshops will be undertaken to assess the effectiveness of existing county and township-level trade centres.
- The establishment of a trade centre at the province level, as a pilot to test the potential for more efficient trade.
- The development of regulations for the trade of forest ownership and land-use rights.
More participatory and sustainable forest management
Greater involvement of forest stakeholders and government authorities in participatory forest management will lead to more environmentally sound and profitable forest management.
- Training materials and courses will be developed for participatory forest management for government officials and forest farmers.
- Participatory approaches to forest management will be tested in selected pilot villages.
- Policy briefs and guidelines for participatory management in collective forests will be produced.
Regular information exchange on forest tenure reform within China and with other countries
Sharing experiences and knowledge between countries that are reforming forest tenure by devolving ownership or management rights to local communities or individual households will facilitate mutual learning.
- A national conference will be held where stakeholders can share information with policy-makers.
- An international conference will be held involving other countries that have initiated forest tenure reform by devolving ownership or management rights to local communities or individual households.
- Study tours to countries that have already implemented successful forest tenure reform will be organised.