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Celebration Forest For People

  • Friday, 14 September 2012 06:08

The theme for the International Year of Forests is particularly apt in Asia-Pacific where some 450 million people live in and around forests, many of them endemically poor in a region that has posted the highest growth rates in the world for a decade.

With habitats under threat from intense population and development pressures, forest communities – 250 million of them indigenous people - have found themselves propelled into the limelight with conflicts over land use and new climate change regimes that are conferring a significant economic value on standing forests and the carbon stocks they contain.

Indeed, as governments realize that a people-centered approach to forest management is the key to solving persistent rural poverty, climate change threats, natural disaster prevention, food and energy security and decentralization, the area of forest under community management has increased steadily in the region.

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