Interactive Session: Restoring Forests, Restoring Communities: How Secure Resource Rights Help Communities in Africa Restore Forests and Build Local Economies

12 Jun 2019

Much of the forest estate in the global south is owned and directly managed by governments. State ownership of forests upon which communities rely can restrict the ability of local people to participate in decisions about how forests should be used and benefits shared. This interactive session features research from Madagascar and Tanzania on how strong use and management rights to trees and forests, alongside effective local governance and various public and private incentives, have catalyzed adoption of restoration practices by local communities. Panelists also will share the latest diagnostic tools for identifying where and how tenure security can be strengthened for FLR investments.

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

  • World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

  • CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

  • CGIAR People, Institutions and Markets (PIM)


  • Patrick Ranjatson

    Professor, University of Antananarivo

  • Priscilla Wainaina

    Postdoctoral Researcher, World Agroforestry Center

  • Chris Buss

    Director of Forest Conservation Programme, IUCN

  • Tangu Tumeo

    Principal Forestry Officer (AFR 100 National Focal Point), Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Department of Forestry (Malawi)


  • Steven Lawry

    Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)