The role of local forest champions: Extraordinary commitment to community forest management

Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General of Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) discusses the role of local community in raising awareness of the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment.

Maria Margarida Ribeiro da Silva, a resident of the Verde para Sempre Extractive Reserve in Brazil’s northern state of Pará, received the award at the 2017 Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany for her lifetime achievements in promoting community forest management and strengthening the role of women regardless of personal risk. December 2017.