Is devolved forest management failing the poor in Asia?


Event details

RE&D Research Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 18 February 2010


Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Dr Thomas Enters


Peter Wood

In Asia, the potential of devolved forest management to contribute to poverty reduction has been largely unrealised despite many forest policy changes and increasing attention to forest rights reforms. While recent evidence shows that forest-based income plays a role in poverty reduction, benefits contribute little to long-term economic advancement among the extreme poor living in and around forests.

The seminar will explore why the potential of devolved forest management to be pro-poor is not currently realised, particularly issues of elite capture and poorly designed regulatory frameworks that inhibit the capacity of local people to exercise their newly won rights, unfortunately usually only to poor-quality forests. In addition, the presentation highlights that many policies and provisions promote traditional subsistence economies that, due to commercialisation, remittances and rural transformation, have lost their importance to a considerable extent.


Dr Thomas Enters currently manages the Regional and Country Analysis and Support Program of RECOFTC ’ The Center for People and Forests, Bangkok. Thomas has a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary (Canada) and a PhD in Forestry from The Australian National University. He worked for several years with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor and consulted for a wide variety of international organisations, including a six-year assignment with the Regional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Bangkok, coordinating the EC-FAO Partnership Programme on Information and Analysis for Sustainable Forest Management between 2000 and 2003 and activities under the National Forest Programme Facility (2003-06).

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