The Center for People and Forests
Community forestry is now widely acknowledged as a powerful solution for many of the challenges facing local people and wider society in:
- Improving rural livelihoods
- Enhancing community governance and empowerment
- Transforming forest-related conflict
- Protecting and enhancing the environment
- Helping to fight climate change
Over the past 30 years, governments in the Asia-Pacific have increased their commitment to community forestry in ways such as in passing vital legislation and investing in long-term institutional development. Today, tens of millions of local people already manage more than 25 million hectares of forestland in the Asia-Pacific region.