Global Forest Rights Action Research

This project, led by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), is part of a global advocacy initiative for community forest rights called the Partnership on Rights and Resources (PRR). The initiative strives to address poverty and marginalization in forest areas by working toward more secure tenure and access to forest resources by local people and communities.

Research teams in four countries will undertake action research involving experimentation in the field, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes and the introduction of policy reforms. In so doing, the researchers will seek answers to the following questions:

  • How can resource rights be strengthened in the context of decentralization?
  • What arrangements can ensure that local people are able to enjoy the benefits of timber and other forest products?
  • How can such rights and benefits be distributed equitably within communities?
  • How can successful local experiments be scaled up?
  • What institutions can bridge local and national levels? And,
  • what alliances can help local people further their cause?

Expected outcomes include

  • strengthened livelihoods through improved forest management;
  • partnership strategies that take local experiments to scale; and
  • changes in national policy processes that facilitate local forest management.

Moreover, the project will enhance the international visibility of community forestry through the dissemination of findings and the uptake of results by PRR partners.

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Start Date

Monday, January 2, 2006

End Date

Friday, April 30, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Mallee, Hein

Total funding

CA$ 1,692,000


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Bruce Campbell


Center for International Forestry Research

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