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| Last Updated:19/04/2024

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Empowered local governance key for forest restoration and management, finds study


Numerous studies have highlighted the significance of community involvement in restoring and managing forests. However, new research has discovered that strong decision-making power for local communities, like formalised community forest management with local participation in governance, leads to effective management and restoration of forests over a simplistic emphasis on tree planting.

Governance of forests may be more important to achieve the desired outcome of forest restoration and consecration, said the study, Community forest governance and synergies among carbon, biodiversity and livelihoods, published in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

It identified five distinct clusters of forest commons used and managed by rural communities as part of a broader landscape matrix and underscored the importance of involving those who live near the forests in restoration efforts and advocated for a community-focused approach.