APFW 2019

Session 4: Thriving community livelihoods

Rattan and livelihoods

19 June 2019 | 13:30-15:00

“Thriving community livelihoods” argues that the livelihoods of local communities must be placed at the heart of forest landscape management. When community forestry began to emerge in the Asia-Pacific, it aimed to protect threatened forest resources while only meeting the subsistence needs of local communities.

In recent years, we have recognized that communities on the front-line of forest landscape management and restoration must make a meaningful living from their forests. Community forestry provides a means for doing so.

Session 4 examines the challenges of making people-centered forestry a reality, such as land tenure, marginalization, and access to technology. Speakers will invite participants to share evidence and examples of how people-centered forestry enhances local livelihoods and its relationship to forest landscape management. Participants will collectively assess the gaps and challenges that exist in supporting livelihood development. A focus of session 4 will be on private sector engagement.


Trang Hoang, FLOURISH Project Coordinator, The Center for People and Forests

Brian Cohen, Global Programme Director, International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR)

Ratanakoma LONG, Deputy Director, Department of Forest and Community Forestry, Forestry Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Cambodia 

Aummala Promsawana, Chief of Sob Yang village, Nan province, Thailand

Alexander Watson, CEO, Open Forests