GCS-Tenure Project: Tenure security and forest-dependent communities : A global comparative study 2014-2016

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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. During the period 2002-2013, the total forest area under community ownership or management increased by over 33 percent in developing countries (from 383 million ha in 2002 to 511 million ha in 2013) . In developing countries, the tenure reform is assumed to improve the forest condition as well as wellbeing of forest communities if the tenure is defined properly and enforced appropriately.
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