Improving governance of forest tenure: a practical guide

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Published: September 2013
Product code:G03674

Human well-being and the health of our whole planet depend on whether and how we grow and look after forests. So who gets to decide about who owns and controls the forests and how – the ‘governance of forest tenure’ - is profoundly relevant for us all. This technical guide on improving governance of forest tenure is for those who want to try to improve the governance of forest tenure. It helps you to take action in four critical areas – ‘understanding’, ‘organizing’, ‘engaging’ and ‘ensuring’ – to improve decision-making about forest goods and services. It starts by highlighting some key opportunities and challenges in governance today and directs you to further information, appropriate to how you identify yourself as a stakeholder and what type of opportunity or challenge you are facing. It then lays out a toolkit containing some 86 tools described in summary form and 9 key tools, in some depth. These tools are labelled for their appropriateness in different governance contexts and for the amount of time, money and skills needed to use them. A glossary and extensive Web-linked bibliography are also provided for further inspiration.

This technical guide has been prepared by IIED, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The FAO Governance of Tenure Technical Guides are part of FAO’s initiative to help develop capacities to improve tenure governance and thereby assist countries in applying the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. ~For more information on the Guidelines and FAO’s activities on governance of tenure visit:

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Mayers, J., Morrison, E., Rolington, L., Studd, K. and Turrall, S. (2013). Improving governance of forest tenure: a practical guide. .
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