Proper forest governance must be at the foundation of any effective measure to fight deforestation and safeguard the rights of local people.
What is good governance?
It means ensuring that forest policies are equitably implemented, complied with, and enforced throughout all levels of governance.
At the moment, however, this is not always the case in the Asia-Pacific Region, and we must have a stronger voice.
Forest Communities & Good Governance
Good forest governance must be at the foundation of any effective move to fight deforestation, support forest landscape restoration and safeguard the rights of local communities in and around forests. This is not always the case. On the positive side, most countries in Asia-Pacific have the legislation in place to ensure sustainable use of the forests, while respecting the rights of those who live there.
But in many countries the laws are not fully implemented as demonstrated by illegal logging.
What is good forest governance?
It means making sure the appropriate systems and institutions are in place to manage resources effectively.
Often, the institutions and methods used to apply the rules have challenges in terms of capacity, with implications for considering the reality on the ground or specific needs of all the stakeholders.
These challenges must be tackled systematically, also recognizing the commitment of key actors to address, for example, deforestation and rural poverty.
Urban communities can help in several ways.