Introduction to Community Forestry

Introduction to Community Forestry

Training course on principles and development

After decades of deforestation and entrenched rural poverty, countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly embracing community forestry as a means to maintain healthy forests and strengthen local livelihoods. Today, around a quarter of forestland in the region is under some form of community management, with more expected in the coming years.

However, there are still many challenges to making community forests a reality. Some countries are just beginning to explore opportunities for community-based forest management. Others have structures in place but struggle to improve equity, participation, and livelihoods.


Aims and Objectives

This course aims to help forestry personnel successfully implement collaborative management activities.

The course will enable you to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and principles of community forestry
  • Practice identifying and deciding which participatory techniques should be used to develop community forestry in varied situations
  • Use tools to respond to challenges during community forestry development
  • Plan an outline of basic steps for promoting community forestry practices in your working situation
  • Develop action points to apply to your local context

Who Should Attend?

Middle managers and field practitioners in forestry, agriculture, or natural resource management from government agencies and nongovernment organizations


Course Contents

The course will combine lectures from professionals, timely case studies, group discussions, and analyses of your own experiences. There is also the opportunity for a one- to three-day field exercise.


  • Introduction: Definitions of community forestry; core concepts and principles; requirements for development of community forests (participation, rights, conflict management, and good governance); the influence of policies and laws
  • Community forestry in practice: Experiences from community forests; different approaches to community-based forest management; optional field visit and practices
  • Outline of community forestry development: Processes to establish programs or pilot sites; management plans; participatory monitoring and evaluation of resources and land; opportunities and challenges
  • How to develop community forestry: Basic participatory tools and techniques
  • Action plans: Real-world applications; concrete steps to use in your context


Course Length

This course can range from 5 to 10 days, depending on your needs.