In my opinion, there are 3 key benefits from forests and trees, that is biological diversity, ecosystem/environments and last one- landscape. They are heritages and values of community and human kind. These benefits are in the meaningful for long term for humankind, that provided frequently food and nutrition, medicine, even if livelihood for local community in a long time. In fact, these were under stability and sustainability in over past centeries. But over use and over exploitation of man destroyed and losed the balance. For me, I do not agree to any private own type to forest or forest land because above mentioned heritages/values could not divide in to small pieces. Small pieces will threaten and make lose the value forest as well as prevent against to effort of society in forestation and protection. Then we should raise fund for community and government to protect and develop rest of forest of the planet in line with strengthening awareness and action of whole society. At the time, forest also should is transferred and managed by community and government. These request determination of community and government by benefit in long term.
A big question/great challenges, that are livelihood of a lot of farmers in developing countries is lived on forest. That could damage to forest. Therefore, the benefit of currently generation is conflicting to the future generation. These is question of policy makers and researchers!
Mr. NGUYEN VAN KIEN
Plant Resources Center of Vietnam
Links and resources:
International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
FAO Forestry Department
Learning event on Agroforestry