Reducing Poverty through Community Based Forest Management in Asia

Authors

  • Sango Mahanty Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jane Gronow Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mike Nurse Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Yam Malla Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1983

Keywords:

poverty reduction, pro-poor, community based forest management, livelihoods, enterprise, governance

Abstract

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the role and potential of community based forest management (CBFM)1 as a vehicle for poverty reduction. Some analysts suggest that CBFM initiatives have limited potential for poverty reduction because they are prone to elite capture; focus on low value, degraded forests; emphasise forests rather than integrated NR based livelihood development; and because of the high transaction costs facing the poorest of the poor in harnessing high-value goods such as timber. This paper proposes that CBFM has the potential to help the poor cope with or even begin to move out of poverty, but this potential is as yet only partially realised. We examine the issues involved in promoting CBFM as a vehicle for poverty reduction and review selected pro-poor approaches to CBFM in the Asian region. We conclude that there are three key areas in which more work is needed by CBFM professionals in order to harness the poverty reduction potential of community forestry: governance, appropriate enterprise development and integrated approaches.

Keywords: poverty reduction, pro-poor, community based forest management, livelihoods, enterprise, governance  

doi: 10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1983

Journal of Forest and Livelihood 5(1) February, 2006 pp.78-89

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Author Biographies

Sango Mahanty, Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Project Manager; Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Jane Gronow, Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Independent Consulant Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Mike Nurse, Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Project Advisor; Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Yam Malla, Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

Project Assistant; Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand

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Published

2009-06-24

How to Cite

Mahanty, S., Gronow, J., Nurse, M., & Malla, Y. (2009). Reducing Poverty through Community Based Forest Management in Asia. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 5(1), 78–89. https://doi.org/10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1983

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