Improving equity and livelihoods in community forestry: A global action research initiative in support of a strategic partnership on rights and resources

Rural people have lived in and around forests for centuries, but state forest policies have long usurped the rights of local communities. This may finally be changing. In a number of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, governments are beginning to recognise community tenure rights. Though the world’s forests are still primarily owned by the state, over a quarter of Southern forests are now owned by or assigned to communities. The bulk of this shift has occurred since 1985, with an increase from 22% to 27% just from 2002 to 2008.

This change in rights—representing a ‘forest reform’ comparable to the widespread agrarian reforms of the mid-20th century—warrants serious consideration. The research contained on this CD Rom presents the results of such an inquiry. What is the nature of this forest reform, and why is it occurring? What are the forces shaping this new trend? How is it unfolding and what are the challenges that communities continue to face? How has it affected forests and livelihoods?

Improving Equity and Livelihoods in Community Forestry
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