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Who Owns the World’s Forests?

Forest Tenure and Public Forests in Transition

Author: Andy White, Forest Trends & Alejandra Martin, Forest Trends

Date: April 16, 2008

This growing global recognition of the importance of property rights is mirrored by longstanding preoccupation with rights issues at local levels. The questions of who owns the forests, who claims them, who has access to them and further, who should own them, are hotly contested in many forest regions of the world. These are often the primary concerns of local people most directly dependent on forest resources.

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