World Rainforest Movement




WRM bulletins

Bulletin Issue 81 – April 2004

The Focus of this Issue: Community-Based Forest Management

The fact that forests continue to disappear does not mean that the direct and underlying causes of deforestation are not well-known. They are. What are much less well-known are the causes of forest conservation. However, in the tropics it is quite clear that wherever there is a forest in good condition, in most cases there is an indigenous or local community living there. They need the forest and hold the knowledge to use it sustainably. The obvious solution for the forest crisis is thus to empower local communities and to create the necessary conditions for enabling them to manage forests adequately. By sharing analyses and concrete experiences on community-based forest management, we hope that this bulletin will be a contribution to that aim.

OUR VIEWPOINT

COMMUNITY FORESTS: AN OVERVIEW

SHARING LOCAL EXPERIENCES