Forest tenure in South and Southeast Asia

FAO, in collaboration with four partners in the Asia Forest Partnership (The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tropenbos, the Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), CIFOR), has developed a pilot study covering 19 countries in South and Southeast Asia. A number of initiatives to empower local communities, decentralize decision-making to local government and increase private sector involvement in forest management has been taking place in this region. The aim of this study is to shape a clearer understanding of these trends and their impact on sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.

Detailed quantitative information has been collected from 17 countries (complete and partial data). The information is complemented by 11 case studies from 9 countries, as illustrated in the map.

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A summary of the results, a first analysis of major trends and issues related to forest tenure in the region, as well as all the case studies developed, are included in the following publications:

Understanding forest tenure in South and Southeast Asia. Forestry Policy and Institutions Working Paper No. 14. 2006.

Tenure security for better forestry: Understanding forest tenure in South and Southeast Asia. FAO, Bangkok, 2007.

Quality of data presented

We invite readers to suggest improvements based on the information provided. The data on forest tenure are collected mainly trough national correspondents of the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) usually based in government agencies or research institutions. However, information on forest tenure is often limited and the data contradictory.

Please note that in some cases (always indicated in the tables) the figures reported are relative to the forest land surface and not to the forest cover surface. Therefore, they cannot be compared with data provided in the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005.


last updated:  Wednesday, May 29, 2013