Investing in local communities for sustainable forests

The pre-World Forestry Congress regional meeting on people and forests

In July, more than 70 local community members, CSOs, NGOs, UN and government representatives will come together in Bangkok for The pre-World Forestry Congress regional meeting on people and forests. The overall aim of the Pre-WFC regional meeting is - through a participatory process in the lead up to WFC - to empower community leaders from the region to develop their own messages and presentations on why forest decision-makers should invest in them. This process will help to put people at the heart of the World Forestry Congress (WFC) by ensuring that the voices of local community members themselves are conveyed at the Congress.

The main participants of the meeting will be representatives of smallholders, indigenous peoples and community forestry members from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand and Nepal. These representatives will come together and discuss forest issues that are priorities for them, recognizing that their management of their forests is of benefit on local, national and global levels.  

People and forests in Asia: Investing in social and human capital is an essential part of investing in natural capital

As poverty is still more prevalent in rural areas where natural capital is relatively high, it is essential to enable the rural poor to convert natural capital to other forms of capital in a sustainable way. Thus, empowering local communities by investing in tenure rights and appropriate regulatory and supporting frameworks to achieve sustainable forest management is essential. Investing in social and human capital is an essential part of investing in natural capital and ensuring a sustainable future. It is local people who can sustainably manage natural resources if they value them - and they will value them if they benefit from them. 

About the World Forestry Congress

The XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be held 7–11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa. The WFC will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future of forests and forestry. The central theme of the WFC is ’Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.’

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