Social forestry for sustainable forest management (SFM): A case study in Tongod District, Sabah

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  • 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.


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