Briefings and Reports

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Impact of protected areas on Indigenous communities in Thailand and the Philippines

Report on impact of protected area management on Indigenous communities in the Philippines. Kadioan, 2011

The impacts that protected areas have had on indigenous communities in Thailand and the Philippines have been documented in two recently released studies by KADIOAN Inc. with support from Growing Forest Partnerships.

Reflect & Act - March 2011

This two page briefing illustrates the main phases and achievements of Growing Forest Partnerships from its origins to date, reflects on the lessons learned in country and internationally and encourages forest practitioners and donors to further engage in supporting the cause of locally controlled forestry.

Empowering communities through forest partnerships

Forests support the livelihoods of millions of local people, are home to invaluable biodiversity, and are critical to mitigating and adapting to climate change. But across the world, they are increasingly threatened by a lack of appropriate forest policies and accessible funds for sustainable forest
management and conservation.

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.

Investing in locally controlled forestry

Investing in locally controlled forestry could pave the road to sustainable forest management that reduces deforestation to mitigate climate change while also improving local livelihoods. The idea was born out of a common agenda emerging from dialogue between three key groups of forest right-holders — family forest farmers, forest communities and indigenous peoples. It is backed by solid evidence that local management and political control over forests is good for both forests and people.

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.

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