Community control of forests hasn’t slowed deforestation, Indonesia study finds

  • A new study has found that Indonesia’s social forestry program, which gives local communities access to manage the country’s forests, hasn’t led to a reduction in overall deforestation.
  • The study found that forest loss in community-titled forests aimed at conservation actually increased.
  • Possible explanations include lack of capacity and resources for communities to manage their forests, as well as lack of financial incentives for them to not clear their forests. 

Source: Community control of forests hasn’t slowed deforestation, Indonesia study finds