Monday, October 03, 2011
CALL FOR ACTION: Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges
Participants from the Second Regional Forum for People and Forests held in Thailand on August 8-9 have issued a Call to Action on Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges.
Although Community Forestry can help slow and even reverse deforestation, only 26% of forests in the region are recognized as “community forests.” Constrained by regulatory frameworks and contradictory policies, local people are often denied the opportunity to sustainably manage their forests in ways that are appropriate to their situation. Key country decision-makers and over 200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond considered these issues at the Second Regional Forum for People and Forests: Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 8 and 9 August 2011. With this in mind and a shared commitment to the Vision for 2020, Forum participants issued this Call for Action.
We urge Forum participants and all other interested parties to commit to these action points to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people and forests of the Asia-Pacific region.
Download the Call for Action here (pdf).