Towards wellbeing in forest communities: a sourcebook for local government

Towards wellbeing in forest communities: a sourcebook for local government

Towards wellbeing in forest communities: a sourcebook for local government

Local governments have an important role to play in enhancing the wellbeing of forest communities, yet often lack the capacity to understand and address local needs. This source book provides a useful resource for local governments, local communities, development practitioners and civil society organisations interested in reducing poverty through more participatory approaches with forest communities.

Drawing on experiences in Bolivia and Indonesia, the authors highlight approaches for developing locally relevant poverty monitoring and intervention. They offer a positive concept of sustained human wellbeing and security that extends beyond sufficiency of income and food, and emphasises the potential role of forests in enhancing community wellbeing.

The source book includes the following:

  • a conceptual overview of poverty and wellbeing
  • an analysis of what local governments can do to reduce poverty, both directly and through advocacy to higher levels of authority or sectoral agencies
  • a discussion of factors of particular relevance to addressing poverty in forest communities

It also offers four tools that local governments can use to better understand local poverty conditions
and to plan and monitor actions for reducing poverty:

  • interactive mapping of poverty context
  • surveys of household wellbeing based on local indicators
  • community focus groups to evaluate government programmes
  • scenario-based planning

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