Posted by: r.m. | May 27, 2009

Who owns the forests?

The Congo Basin countries, home to the world’s second largest tropical forest, are 260 years behind those of the Amazon Basin, where the trend is to hand ownership of the forest to communities, according to a new study assessing tropical forest tenure.

The conclusion was drawn from a comparison between the annual rate of transferring forest to communities in 39 countries, representing 96 percent of global tropical forests.

Community ownership – making people the custodians of the forests – was critical to stopping deforestation, which would stem greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate poverty….”


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