Does community forest management reduce deforestation? Yes!
One of the goals of community forest management is to reduce deforestation. CEED researchers have examined whether that was the case for Indonesia's community forestry scheme Hutan Desa (Village Forest).
The study focused on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, using data from 2012 - 2016, and measured the impact of community forestry in avoiding deforestation in natural intact forest. The researchers found that, despite some factors that undermined its success at times (e.g. drought), deforestation has been avoided, and the Hutan Desa scheme has been successful.
This was the first time that community forestry in Indonesia had been analysed at a landscape scale to assess whether it successfully reduced deforestation. The study also provides valuable information on the biophysical and anthropomorphic factors that influenced rates of deforestation avoidance.
Read the full paper HERE.
Santika T, Meijaard E, Budiharta S et al. 2017. Community forest management in Indonesia: Avoided deforestation in the context of anthropogenic and climate complexities. Global Environmental Change 46: 60 - 71.
Image: An agroforestry farmer harvesting cinnamon bark from the forest. Lubuk Beringin Village Forest, Sumatra, Indonesia. (by CIFOR, FlickrCC BYNCND2.0).