Making local voices heard: the Three Rights holders Group

Harnessing forests’ potential to help meet both environment and development goals demands sustainable forest management that is controlled by local people. Achieving this in practice means policymakers must both fully acknowledge the role, and rights, of local people in managing forests and fully engage these people in forest decision-making processes. It also requires accessible forest funds that more accurately reflect local people’s needs.

In response to these needs, a new network — the Three Rights Holders Group, the G3 — has been formed. The network brings together three key alliances of local forest-dependent people, representing family foresters, community forestry organisations and indigenous peoples. Through the G3, these alliances are pushing the locally controlled forestry agenda forward and are making the voices of forest-dependent people heard in both local and global policy arenas.