The collective ownership of forests in developing countries is becoming more common, providing access and rights to marginalized communities.
  • At least 420 million hectares of global forests are legally owned or administered by communities, equating to 11% of global forests. These forests make up 22% of forests in developing countries.
  • The area of natural forest that is owned or administered by Indigenous people and traditional communities has been estimated at over 120 million hectares, which is about the size of South Africa. However this figure is probably much larger because not all forest areas are recognized.
  • Community-conserved forested landscapes in Africa, Asia and Latin America equate to approximately 370 million hectares, roughly 9% of the total forest area in the world.
  • Improved access and rights to forest resources for marginal groups are essential to promoting equality.
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.