Scientific Summary No. 77, 2010
In his article entitled "Redefining Community Forestry: For a Better Approach and Better World", Bikash Rath, Coordinator of the IUFRO Working Party 9.05.06 discusses various definitions of community forestry. Community forestry is normally seen or defined as involvement of local communities in the protection and/or management of public forests. This perception, however, does not distinguish between community forestry, participatory forestry, and other related terms such as citizen forestry and social forestry and, thus, ignores the actual social and legal circumstances. Defining 'Community forestry' properly is necessary to promote public forest governance, particularly decentralized forest governance.
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By Bikash Rath, Development Professional and Researcher from India, Coordinator of the IUFRO Working Party on Community Forestry 9.05.06
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