Locally Controlled Forestry
The Three Rights-Holders Group, is a group of three alliances of community and indigenous forest owners - collectively known as the G3 - who have been working with Growing Forest Partnerships on the issue of investing in locally controlled forestry. For more information about each alliance, please see their websites below.
What is locally controlled forestry?
As defined by the G3 (Rome, 2010), locally controlled forestry is ‘the local right for forest owner families and communities to make decisions on commercial forest management and land use, with secure tenure rights, freedom of association and access to markets and technology.’
Those establishing this local control could be forest-dependent families, smallholders, community groups or Indigenous groups. Resources of the forest includes both timber and non-timber forest products, as well as both environmental and social values and services.
Investment in this process involves not just hard monetary investment but also soft forms of investment. Soft investment may include support for capacity building, such as in technical or business skills required for natural resource management, as well as support in the securing of tenure rights over land and resources, which are needed to establish a viable and safeguarded foundation for hard financial investment.
Why is it important?
Growing Forest Partnerships believes that locally controlled forestry works towards more sustainable management of natural resources in a way that benefits the poor and recognises the social and environmental values of forests, alongside their commercial value.
For more information on the recent dialogues that have been taking place, bringing together various stakeholders on the subject of investing in locally controlled forestry, please visit the website of The Forests Dialogue, who have been steering this process.
Writeshop on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry
5-6 April 2011, London
London was the venue of the 7th event on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry. The idea and the need of a two day writeshop was developed as a follow up to the field dialogue in Kenya in December 2010.
Drawing on the results of previous TFD ILCF initiative and the background paper on the principles of ILCF (see attachment below), a group of 15 experts is tasked to develop the structure and describe the main elements of a guide to supporting investment in locally controlled forestry, and plan its completion and implementation.