RECOFTC
APFW 2019

Session 1: People-centered forestry for resilient landscapes

People centered forestry

“People-centered forestry for resilient landscapes” explores the role community forestry plays in climate resilience by analyzing a snapshot overview of the current status of community forestry in the Asia-Pacific and providing practical recommendations on how to apply a community-based forestry assessment framework in the region.

In the late 1970s, a consensus emerged that governmental control of forestry was unable to address environmental issues in the region. Following decades of centralized control focused on natural resource extraction, the Asia-Pacific region saw a rapid loss of forest cover along with a decline in the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people who depend on forests. People-centered forestry, also referred to as social forestry or community forestry, was seen as an appropriate response. Today, the vast majority of the world’s forests still formally remain under government control. In recent years, countries are promoting community-based management of forests.

Session 1 will provide participants with an overview of more recent approaches of people-centered forestry are crucial to building resilient landscapes in the Asia-Pacific Region.