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Giving control to local communities, not governments, is what helps slow deforestation says @mongabay:

Giving control to local communities, not governments, is what helps slow deforestation says @mongabay:

Community control, rather than govt control, helps forests recover, says study mongabay.com July 07, 2011 A new study says that giving local communities control over forest resources can help slow and even reverse deforestation. The research, published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) on the eve of a forestry workshop in Lombok, Indonesia, analyzed trends in countries that have either maintained or expanded forest cover since 1990. It found several factors contributing to forest recovery: expansion of community rights over land and resource management; support for afforestation, restoration, and reforestation projects; and "opening of markets to support sustainable forest management practices." "The state remains the predominant actor in the region’s forests but the trend toward increased and legally recognized local control now emerging is incredibly important...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0707-rri_tenure.html

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