In the Media
Communiy forestry paving the way for sustainable forest mgt
August 10, 2011
Climate change challenges are currently being tackled by community forestry projects around the world, and according to Dr. Yam Malla, outgoing executive director of the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), forest-for-people initiatives are fast becoming one of the most effective strategies for sustainable forest management.
“Over the years, community forestry has proved itself to be one of the most appropriate and effective strategies for achieving sustainable forest management,” he said in his opening address at the two-day Second Regional Forum for People and Forests held in Bangkok this week.
“Forests-for-people initiatives have made forestry a dynamic and more interesting field of study and community forestry is ready to take a second quantum leap.”
Community forestry involves the communal planning, establishment and management of natural resources, enabling communities to receive a major proportion of the socio-economic and ecological benefits from the forest. It has been considered one of the most promising options of combining forest conservation with rural development and poverty reduction objectives.
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Keywords: Climate Change, communal planning, community, community foresry, Forestry, management, REDD