Participatory Forest Management in Protected Areas

Participatory Forest Management in Protected Areas

Training course on community management of natural resources around parks and conservation areas

The dominant approaches to protected areas over the past century have tended to see people and nature as separate entities, often requiring the exclusion of human communities from areas of interest and prohibiting their use of natural resources. Since many protected areas in the world have people residing within them or dependent on them for their livelihoods, the conventional exclusionary approaches have engendered profound social costs.


Decision makers are increasingly recognizing that successful management of protected areas must involve the active participation of local communities and other stakeholders. In order to foster and maintain the participation of local communities, management personnel and other stakeholders require additional skills, knowledge, contexts, and approaches.


Aims and Objectives

This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of why it is important to include local communities in the management of protected areas and how it can be accomplished.


The course will enable you to:

  • Understand core concepts and issues in participatory management of protected areas
  • Understand approaches to implementing participatory management in protected areas
  • Build skills in participatory planning and design of conservation initiatives
  • Better conceptualize and overcome problems in the application of participatory protected area management
  • Develop an action plan to integrate lessons from the training into your workplace context

Who Should Attend?

Those who have or will have direct responsibility for planning or implementing a protected areas management program in the forestry, natural resource, and conservation fields


Course Contents

This course focuses on real-world applications of concepts and theories, using participants' experiences, case studies, and fieldwork in Thailand to explore current issues and practical ways to address them.


Three progressive sections will explore interrelated topics, such as land and resource tenure, stakeholder relationships, and how policies and legislation affect participation.

  • Core concepts for participatory management of protected areas
  • Participatory approaches, tools, and methods
  • Participatory planning, monitoring, and evaluation

Course Length

This course generally ranges from 5 to 14 days and can be further extended, depending on your needs.