Increasing Forest Area under Community Management, Strengthening Control of Communities over Forests Key to Healthy Forests in Asia-Pacific

In November 19, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand, more than 100 representatives of governments, civil society organizations, local communities, NGOs, academia, and international organizations from the region have come together for the Third Regional Forum for People and Forests.

The Forum aims to strengthen community forestry in the Asia and the Pacific region by developing Joint Community Forest Country Action Plans. The Plans seek to prioritize increasing forest area under community management; strengthen the active control of communities over their forests; and ensure that institutions are able to effectively implement community forestry laws in their country.

The Third Regional Forum for People and Forests – Pathways to Sustainable Livelihoods: From Learning to Action is a joint collaboration with Thailand’s Royal Forest Department, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Third Regional Forum will be followed by a series of national forums in five countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The 3rd Forum agenda and background information is available at:


Source APFnet

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