Forest tenure reform has been at the center of the debate,
 on national as well as international policy agendas, in recent years. The reform is intended to give customary communities, local communities or local governments ownership or some level of rights over forestland and resources. Despite over two decades of experience of tenure reform in most of the developing countries, the impact of the reforms on the ground has fallen short of the expected outcomes. The reforms are either inadequate in conserving forest resources or providing limited livelihood returns for
 local people.

The research on forest tenure reform has demonstrated that a number of factors including a regulatory framework, administrative management, market forces, resource systems, and community attributes are key in determining the impacts of the reforms. However, there is limited understanding of the extent to which each of these factors affect the outcomes at the systems level. The research accommodates history, scale and power dimensions of reform into consideration, and aims to generate insights by investigating the emergence, concurrent implementation practice, key outcomes and bottlenecks of these reforms.

The current research program builds on CIFOR's existing body of knowledge on forest tenure reform.

Tenure News

  • Watch: Indonesia Colloquium on Land and Forest Tenure Reform

    The Colloquium on Land and Forest Tenure Reform in Indonesia looked at the progress of tenure reforms in Indonesia. Bringing together government, civil society and the science community, the Colloquium

  • Securing tenure rights for forest dependent community: A Global Comparative Study

      Local media in Lampung covered an inception workshop held at the Bappeda Office West Lampung District, Liwa on 25 September 2015. The workshop aimed to provide local stakeholders with

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