Research in seven Asian countries reveals how community forests increased people’s resilience to the COVID-19-induced restrictions and why recovery plans should strengthen community-based forest management.
How community forests boosted pandemic resilience across Asia-Pacific is based on the results of surveys RECOFTC conducted in 2020 and 2021 to determine the contributions of community forestry to the COVID-19 response and recovery in seven Asian countries. The surveys were funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), under the FAO–EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Programme. Additional funding was provided by the European Union through RECOFTC’s Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) project, Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) through RECOFTC’s FLOURISH project, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The contents of this special report is the sole responsibility of RECOFTC and does not necessarily reflect the views of FAO, the EU, IKI, Sida and SDC.