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Tenure security for better forestry. Understanding forest tenure in South and Southeast Asia

This brief is based on the results of an intensive study carried out by FAO, in collaboration with the Asia Forest Partnership, to elicit data and indicators that would give more quantifiable evidence of the impact of various tenure regimes in South and Southeast Asia. The study, Understanding forest tenure in South and Southeast Asia (Forestry Policy and Institutions Working Paper No. 14, 2006), examined the effects of different tenure systems on land and resource use and forest degradation and loss, as well as the potential for sustainable forest management to serve as a tool in poverty alleviation. The study analysed forest tenure according to two variables: type of ownership and level of control or access to resources. It also looked at the combination of ownership – legal or customary – and arrangements for the management and use of resources.
Type of Case
Printed publication (book, sourcebook, journal article…)
Asia Pacific
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function