Where's the forestry in community forestry?
The author identifies the key goal as enhancing productivity through better silviculture in order to secure and sustain local support for forest management. To help achieve this a number of priority actions are identified:
- to document local practices of vegetation manipulation in the natural forest as the starting point for any development assistance effort.
- to give greater support to projects where foresters are learning with farmers methods by which to revitalize over exploited forests
- to recognize the true role of farmers as de facto foresters, and to make the farmer a full partner in forest management and development.