Workshop on Multi-functionality of Community Forestry Development (November 26 – December 7, 2013)

Updated:2014/3/6 15:03:12

  

Background

Community forestry is a major strategy to improve livelihood and reduce poverty in rural areas; it empowers local people to manage forest resources through collective efforts. The implementation of community forestry involves the transfer of forest ownership or rights from the government to the communities and individuals through various policies, programs and agreements. This special type of forestry management approach can be a critical step towards the multi-functionality of community forestry development that underscores the need to consider ecological, environmental, economical, social, cultural and others aspects of the society or community in forestry development. For example, biodiversity in community forests, serving as important seed sources and wildlife refuges, is often much richer than other types of land use as agricultural land, timber forests etc. in the same geographic area, particularly for regions where natural forests have been severely disturbed. Moreover, many indigenous species from forest are utilized by local communities for foods and medicines for generations. These traditional wisdoms could be lost if forest destruction and unsustainable management persist.


Most developing economies in the Asia-Pacific Region rely heavily on forest resources for the provision of livelihoods and economic productivity. Decades of economic development have resulted in serious forest degradation as well as marginalization of forest dependent communities. Government agencies in forest sector are facing immense challenges in protecting the vast ranges of remote forest lands due to the limited fiscal and human resources to mitigate the conflicts with local communities. It is proved that the well-designed and well-implemented forestry program has become an effective way to improve the community development, including restore the degraded land, conserve the biodiversity, and increase the income of the local community by supplying the forest products, enhancing the capacity of women and disadvantaged groups.


Objectives

> Review multi-functionality of the community forestry, particularly on biodiversity conservation and livelihood

  improvement in Asia Pacific region through sharing information among the participants;

> Enhance knowledge both on theory and practices of multi-functionality of community forestry development

  for poverty alleviation and biodiversity utilization;

> Present and identify the approaches and management skills to implement community forest programs with

  multi-functions in an effective way;

> Strengthen the connection among policy makers, technique providers and forest practitioners in the region

  on the multi-functionality of community forestry development.

 

List of Experts Invited

Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Masud (Indonesia)

> Dr. Boen Mochtar Purnama (Indonesia)

> Dr. Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt (Germeny)

> Dr. Jacob Hendrik Kuper (The Netherlands)

> Ms. Rosalie McConnell (Facilitator)



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