Simpler Forest Management Plans for Participatory Forestry

Working paper

Participatory forestry is now a widely accepted concept and many governments have put policies and laws into place to support the local management of forest resources. However, some constraints have appeared which prevent the full realization of the potential offered by the devolution of ownership or management rights to the rural population. As identified in various international fora (International workshop on participatory forestry in Africa, 2002, Forum on the role of forestry in poverty alleviation, 2001), one of these constraints is the unrealistic requirements imposed on rural communities for the preparation of forest management plans. This is in this context that FAO started to look at existing attempts and experiences to solve this problem in various part of the world. This work has resulted in this working paper which has been prepared with the support of a number of persons.