World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa
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Session 1. Building enabling policy environments for communities & forest – farm producers

Across the world, communities and small forest holders depend on and manage a large and growing part of the forest landscape under a variety of diversified cultural, economic and ecological conditions. The complexity and interwoven character of sustainable natural resource management calls for a multi-sectoral and participatory approach to governance, addressing key policy and legislation issues around tenure, rights and markets.

This session highlights the importance of an enabling policy environment for empowerment of the rural poor in dealing with poverty alleviation and food security. It gives the perspective of the voiceless (including indigenous peoples and local communities). The global status and trends of community-based forestry are discussed, including where we are with the realization of meaningful social-economic benefits by forest communities.

The session touches on key aspects of tenure, cross-sectoral policy frameworks, disabling policies and rural development policies.