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.

  • Published: 09.12.2016
  • Published by: Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken
  • Tags: #Asia conference  # forest producer organisations  # Asia 
  • 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.

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    During the forest producer conference a field trip was organised (Photo: Jog Raj Giri)

     

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