Engaging local communities in forest ecosystem co‐management

Forests are crucial for safeguarding land, environment and livelihoods of rural households. However, in Kyrgyzstan, issues such as illegal logging or ineffective forest resource management threaten the forests and the livelihoods of people that depend on them. This case study describes a model of sustainable forest ecosystem co-management that fully engages local communities. The model is being tested in two pilot areas and the learnings serve as inputs in proposed forestry strategies of the Kyrgyz Republic.