About the course

What is community forestry? What forms does it take? Why do we need to involve local communities in forest management? Is community forestry successful? What are the constraints to realizing the potential of community forestry? This course will answer these questions and more.

Who is this course for
Participants are people who work in forestry and related careers, students and graduates of forestry, environmental science and development studies, extension workers and many others who want to engage with and support indigenous and local communities to achieve sustainable development and mitigate climate change.

Participants should have a working knowledge of English. Typical learners are professionals in the forestry and natural resources sectors in government, the private sector and civil society interested in participatory forest governance; students in the Asia-Pacific who want to gain additional knowledge on the use of community forestry, a course that is not offered in traditional university curriculum; academics looking for research resources who want to build professional networks and connect with researchers across the Asia-Pacific; organizations that seek opportunities for their employees to gain skills and learn how to engage with forest communities and how community forestry can help them achieve their goals.

Topics the course covers

  • The concept and practice of community forestry in the Asia-Pacific
  • The relationship between people and forests
  • Models of community forestry
  • Principles underlying community forestry and factors that make community forestry models successful
  • Challenges to achieving the full potential of community forestry

Competencies you will gain

  • Recognize community forestry as a way to increase local people’s engagement in governing and managing forests
  • Recognize the diversity of community forestry models in the Asia-Pacific
  • Use the principles of community forestry to review models of community forestry
  • Identify challenges to community forestry in your own context

Certificate of completion
This course qualifies for a RECOFTC Certificate of Completion. Achieve 75 percent or higher in the assessment and become part of a global community with competencies on the basics of community forestry.

Sign-up takes place between 14 October 2020 and 14 November 2020.

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