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.

But making it a reality requires action. In particular, there is a need to build a new agile, international, independently monitored non-sovereign fund, controlled by forest right-holders, that is channelled towards: securing local commercial forest rights; strengthening local forest organisations; and building local entrepreneurial capacity for culturally, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable businesses.