International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Forests:
Tenure, Market and Policy Reforms
A great deal of discussion in recent years has focused on the role of conservation, and more
specifically, sustainable forest management, in contributing to poverty reduction. A number of
conferences and workshops have picked up on this theme including the International Conference
on Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, Market and Policy Reforms.
The importance of policies that support rights to forest resources and reforms to markets has
been recognized as essential to enabling more effective contributions from forests to poverty
reduction. Recognition of the need for such policy reforms led to the establishment of the
Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of organizations working together to encourage
greater global action on forest policy and market reforms, with the aim of increasing household
and community ownership, control, and benefits from forests.
RECOFTC and other RRI partners proposed this Conference because we recognize the need
for exploring real experiences in connecting forest policy reforms and poverty reduction, both
by giving positive examples and examining the constraints. The Conference provided a valuable
opportunity to share the experiences from practitioners throughout the world, with cases from
Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.