Forest Tenure in Asia: Status and Trends



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While Asia’s rapid growth has lifted millions out of poverty, persistent pockets still remain in areas beyond the embrace of development. Some 450 million people in Asia-Pacific live in and around forests, depending on them for subsistence, shelter and a way of life, which has been indigenous to their societies for generations. However, their status remains largely unacknowledged as governments retain administrative control over two-thirds of forestland in Asia. This publication by Ganga Ram Dahal, Julian Atkinson, and James Bampton finds that lack of political will and a strong preference for the expansion of industrial concessions (both for logging natural forests and agro-industrial plantations) and protected areas are limiting the scope of forest tenure reform in some countries, emphasizing that tenure security is a strong incentive that motivates the protection or destruction of forests.

The report was produced by RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, with funding from the European Union and the governments of Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom through the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility managed by the European Forest Institute (EFI). It builds on previous regional tenure studies undertaken by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the International Tropical Timber Organization


Dahal, Ganga Ram
Atkinson, Julian