Asia forest producer strategy
-Recognise the key role of forest and farm producer organisations, secure land tenure, climate change threat, empowering small holder organisations and partnerships with government and international donors.
IFFA Board participating preparing the conference strategy, from left Jog Raj Giri, Nepal, Peter deMarsh, Canada, Lorenz Klein von Wisenberg, Germany and Lennart Ackzell, Sweden (Foto: Jog Raj Giri)
These where among the key elements in a strategy developed at the IFFA Asia Forest Producer Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 December 2016. The conference was “The Knowledge exchange forum on promoting rights and livelihoods through forest and farm producer organisations” and was co-organised by The International Family Forestry Alliance and the Asian Farmers Association for sustainable rural development and RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests, associated with the Forest and Farm Facility.
The participating organisations committed themselves to a series of actions to overcome the challenges presented at the knowledge exchange. The actions were:
- Expand membership and strengthen capacity
- Ensure full inclusion of women, youth and indigenous peoples
- Provide leadership with high character values and democratic governance
- Promote trees as an asset
- Increase network collaboration at the regional and global level
The conference called governments to
- Recognize and provide financing for sustainable management by small holders and their organisations
- Reduce legal barriers and recognise legal rights
- Improve land access and tenure
- Promote education
- Fairly implement laws governing natural forest with due consideration of local people
The participants called all partner organisations to meet again in an Asian regional context in 2-3 years to make a bench mark of achievements and their relations to the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the forest producer conference a field trip was organised (Photo: Jog Raj Giri)