Communities not getting a say in how forests are managed

Posted by Trish Riley, February 9, 2011

Governments have been accused by grassroots groups and scientific researchers of reneging on commitments to give communities a say in how forests are managed, and doing little to address the causes of worldwide deforestation.

The charges came as the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, declared 2011 to be the international year of forests, and politicians from around the world meet in New York for the high level segment of the UN’s ninth forestry forum (UNFF).

Non-government groups released a report showing that indigenous peoples and forest communities have done a much better job at conservation than governments.

via Communities not getting a say in how forests are managed | John Vidal | Global development | guardian.co.uk.