Tenure reform, especially recognition of the customary rights of forest dependent people, empowers rights-holders to prevent unwanted extractive industries and settlers from destroying their forests. Share WHY tenure reform is important and HOW we can implement it more widely and effectively.
Secure community tenure is a critical foundation for equitable and effective forest conservation efforts. Recognizing and respecting customary rights to lands, territories and resources enables more effective stewardship of forests and safeguards human rights.
Globally, the great majority of forest land is formally held by states, despite underlying customary claims, recognized roles and contributions of indigenous and local communities to forest stewardship, and limited contributions of state-controlled forests to local livelihoods. Over the past two decades, there has been a shift towards “tenure transition,” driven largely by social movements, recognition of limited state forest management capacities, and interest to contribute to local livelihood and development. Still, unclear and overlapping tenure remains common in forest areas.
Recognition and empowerment of women and youth to undertake land-based activities for improved livelihood.
Mzwandile Cege 15-Mar-2016 13:00 GMT
Balance the process. Economically we need to look at opportunities. The tenure reform is critical and this requires special attention. Social tenure and investment are also priorities.
Dr Ismail Aloo 15-Mar-2016 13:00 GMT
Land ownership is critical to conservation. When a village is assured of land ownership they will protect the forest resources.
John Mathese 15-Mar-2016 13:00 GMT
Community empowerment initiatives need to be taken seriously and bring people on board from the initiation stage when promulgating law and regulation that govern forestry, involve the community in management processes so as to make them feel that they are part of the process - bottom up approach.
Olufemi Aladanoza 15-Mar-2016 12:59 GMT
Governance that was missing in the NDG goals must be strengthened when it comes to forest management.