Sustainable forestry: connecting local to global and vice versa

Climate investors are increasingly turning to forests as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change. But their efforts will only be effective if they respond to local people’s needs and support these people to improve their livelihoods through sustainable forest management.

An estimated 30 per cent of the world’s forests are managed by local people, either formally or informally. And it is these people — smallholders, communities and indigenous people — that make forest investments work on the ground.

The recent boost to forest funding must enhance their ability to influence policymaking. This requires better communication between global decision makers and local forest managers — both by getting local voices heard in global decision making arenas and by sharing lessons learnt at a global level
with local forest managers. Initiatives — such as Growing Forest Partnerships — that support networks of locally controlled forestry groups are making progress on both fronts.