Author: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
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Rural people have lived in and around forests for millennia, but state policies have often failed to grant communities formal rights to those forests. This may finally be changing. In a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, governments are beginning to recognise tenure rights for indigenous peoples and other forest-based communities.