World Rainforest Movement

Community-Based Forest Management

This is a type of management of forests that is directed by communities; it is practiced in many different ways depending on the local social, cultural and environmental context. It is essential for the world´s tropical forests and its peoples because it can both benefit communities and the wider region in different ways, for example supplying important food products and conserving water, as well as guarantee the conservation of forests. This is also essential for the wider region, the country and humanity in general. Community-Based Forest Management allows sustainable forest use because it is different from corporate-managed forests in terms of its small scale rather than a large scale, its focus on local and regional needs rather than export needs, and its decision-making practiced locally enabling communities in the area to participate.


  • International Day of the Forests – March 21st, 2015

    Posted on March 17, 2015

    Dear friends, WRM is pleased to announce the release of three new materials that we would like to share with you on March 21, designated by the United Nations as International Day of Forests. – The first is a new document called...

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  • Campaign on Forest Definition

    Posted on January 4, 2011

    2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, WRM has launched a campaign that challenges the definition of “forest” used by FAO. This is not a simple matter of semantics: FAO’s definition of...

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Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • Attacks on Forest-Dependent Communities in Indonesia and Resistance Stories

    Posted on April 6, 2021

    WRM Bulletin Compilation. Available in English and Indonesian.

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  • 10 things communities should know about REDD

    Posted on January 11, 2013

    The main goal of this booklet is to inform communities about the serious problems that a REDD project can cause for the people involved. WRM has visited a number of these communities over the past few years. All of them,...

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  • Forest definition

    Posted on November 10, 2011

    When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of the word “forest” in different parts of the world, there is one definition viewed as more...

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  • REDD in the Congo Basin

    Posted on December 11, 2010

    The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The region’s forests are found in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon,...

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  • Indigenous Peoples. Their forests, struggles and rights

    Posted on December 18, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement This book gathers articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) regarding indigenous peoples and their struggles in defence of the forest. These peoples are...

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  • Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

    Posted on June 8, 2004

    As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction, among which the empowerment of local communities to manage their own forests. In most of...

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  • Africa: Forests under threat

    Posted on August 9, 2002

    This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing the issue of the processes leading to the destruction of African forests and the struggles developed...

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  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

    Posted on August 11, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement. August 9 has been declared as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. On this date, the WRM wishes to express its full support to the numerous indigenous peoples around the world that are...

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  • Declaration: The Mumbai – Porto Alegre Forest Initiative

    Posted on February 1, 2005

    Background A number of participants at the World Social Forum 2004 met in Mumbai and believing that forest issues are in essence social and political and that forest communities are increasingly affected by globalization –and new...

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Other Relevant Information


  • Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

    Posted on December 11, 2012

      Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil. In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest, which covered the...

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  • Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

    Posted on November 29, 2011

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests You may have already heard that the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests, that...

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