Social Forestry Knowledge Tree
Capacities and Institutions

Capacities and Institutions

Adequate human and institutional capacities allow communities to use and manage local forests efficiently and efficiently. Adequate capacity also ensures local people can participate meaningfully in policy and institutional processes for social forestry management. 

If human and institutional capacities are inadequate, they must be identified and developed. This includes building capacity for decision making and governance, forest management and enterprise, and networking and information exchange.

Checklist questions

These questions relate to contextual equity within governance and regulations. They address human and institutional capacities, highlighting specific areas related to capacity development that most need support.   

  1. Are the community, institutions and individuals that manage the local forest equipped with adequate skills to achieve management objectives? 
  2. Are existing institutions appropriate to implement social forestry?
  3. In a social forestry project, have community groups been consulted and engaged since its start? Have different community member groups, along classifications such as gender, age and income, been accommodated in the learning process and capacity development projects?

ASEAN member states are the subject of many important research articles assessing local capacities, institutions and networks. Case studies are available for communities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and regionally.

Many resources and materials are available summarizing capacity building activities. Four resources describe management planningcommunity forest enterprisesmainstreaming gender, and participatory monitoring and evaluation.

Social forestry benefits when communities and policymakers have opportunities to collaborate and build networks within and across national borders. Successful examples exist across ASEAN and in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Publication
This toolkit contains presentations and remarks from the ASFCC closing event.
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This case study analyzes the formation of communities to assert rights and their connections with government at different levels in the Philippines.
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This report describes the ASEAN Civil Society Forum on Social Forestry’s achievements.
Tool / Application
This toolbox supports citizen-based monitoring of community forestry.
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This article assesses the success of and provides recommendations for three community forest enterprises in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
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This paper surveys perceptions of REDD+ related challenges to equity and potential solutions among forestry practitioners in three Mekong countries.
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This case study uses a social network analysis to study community-based forest management projects in the Philippines.
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This case study describes social forestry in Lampung Province since 1997 and the capacity of the government extension workers in the region.
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This manual is designed to enhance skills in gender mainstreaming, including gender analysis and the integration of the findings into forestry interventions.
Organization
The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.
Publication
This historical publication consists of early reflections from the beginning of social forestry programs.
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This report is the third in a series of reports on the status of social forestry and its role in climate change mitigation and adaptation in ASEAN.