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Managing forests for multiple use

During the last two decades, there has been a worldwide trend toward the devolution of forest management to local communities. At the same time, there is growing agreement that forests must be managed in ways that accommodate a variety of uses by various stakeholders. CIFOR has an extensive programme of research that seeks to develop effective new models of community-based management of forests.


A wide range of activities is underway to explore methods and approaches that could give local communities – especially groups who traditionally have been disenfranchised – a stronger role in policy making and management of forests, and to improve negotiation and collaboration among multiple stakeholders. This work is closely linked with a number of other important CIFOR research programmes, including studies of non-timber forest product use and other strategies to improve local livelihoods, and the development of criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainability of tropical forests.