Acknowledge difference between tree and land tenure to enhance landscapes, urge GLF delegates

Land tenure rights are widely recognized as being central to advancing sustainable development goals, but they are only one part of the picture. As it happens, tenure rights to trees are entangled with, but different from, those to land, meaning both must be acknowledged to incentivize stewardship of the landscape by local communities.

Women at work

In the 1970s, Nepal began an ambitious nationwide forests rights devolution program, eventually seeing a significant range of forest uses and management taken out from the purview of the national government and put in the hands of Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs). PIM-supported research by CIFOR looks at the changes in ecosystem services following the shift to CFUGs, showing a host of improvements, particularly for women.

Community land rights open investment opportunities in global south

The devolution of land tenure rights to forest-dwelling communities over the past quarter century has led to the development of entrepreneurial initiatives with substantial positive socio-economic outcomes for livelihoods, according to a leading scientist.

Gender matters in Forest Landscape Restoration: A framework for design and evaluation

A new brief provides a framework and set of recommendations for enhancing gender equality and women’s rights in and through Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) initiatives. It presents key considerations for gender-responsive FLR, drawing on lessons from the wider gender and natural resource management literature, ongoing and past restoration, and relevant initiatives to alter local land uses for global conservation and development goals.

Webinar recording: Community forestry. Where and why has devolution of forest rights contributed to better governance and livelihoods?

Our third webinar in the 2017 monthly series was conducted by Steven Lawry (CIFOR) on August 29. In his presentation, Steve summarized the findings of selected meta-analyses, presented case studies from Nepal, Guatemala, and Mexico, and previewed emerging research that looks at the investment effects of community forestry models that feature strong elements of forest rights >> Read more