In Sabah, social forestry (SF) is part of the state’s sustainable forest management (SFM) strategy to achieve environmental, economic and social objectives.
SF and SFM can be compatible because both recognize the importance of community participation in achieving sustainable use of forest resources.
However, there is a gap in translating the SF concept to activities within the SFM approach and a lack of continuity.
To strengthen the role of local communities in SFM through SF, there is a need for a platform enabling open discussion among relevant stakeholders, increasing awareness about the benefits of SF and securing adequate funding to conduct SF activities.
This brief examines social forestry within four local communities of Tongod District.