Participatory management of forests and protected areas: a trainer’s manual

Participatory management of forests and protected areas: a trainer’s manual

A training course on participatory forest management

Participatory and inclusive approaches to forest and Protected Area management are not new. They have been advocated by various groups including NGOs, academics and forest resource users for over two decades. However, the interpretation and application of such approaches has remained patchy, diverse and controversial. In part, this is a reflection of varied situations on the ground including socio-economics, cultural values, policy scenarios, institutional frameworks and attitudes. It is also in part due to limited understanding of the complexity of applying participatory approaches, and inadequate capacity to facilitate and implement participatory management. [adapted from author]

This training manual attempts to address this issue by providing activities intended to increase the knowledge and skills of forest managers in participatory resource management. It is intended for use by trainers and practitioners in the field of participatory resource management in both Africa and Asia.

The sequence of training activities in this manual is designed to follow the sequence of a typical participatory forest management (PFM) process. They can also be used in different ways depending on the objectives of the training course, the nature of participants, the length of the course and the planned outcomes.

Topics covered include:

  • Setting the context
  • Participatory situation analysis
  • Negotiating for participatory management
  • Strengthening and sustaining participatory management
The training sessions reflect situations and cases from both Eastern Africa and South and Southeast Asia.