FORESTS & LIVELIHOODS
Improved livelihoods and reduced levels of poverty through participatory institutions for forest management that facilitate conservation, wise use and the equitable distribution of forest goods and services that are critical to development.
To improve livelihoods and contribute to poverty reduction by promoting and facilitating sustainable use and management of forests, building effective institutions and facilitating collaboration between key stakeholders, using participatory action research, capacity building, and promoting use of lessons learned.
- To conduct research that contributes to building effective, collaborative forest management institutions, through a better understanding of:
- approaches to participatory forest management that work well in Caribbean islands;
- how to effectively build and maintain institutions and collaboration between key stakeholders;
- how participatory approaches to forest management can contribute to equity, livelihoods and conservation of forest resources and under what circumstances;
- how participatory processes can equitably address the sometimes competing demands of conservation and livelihoods, particularly of the most disadvantaged;
- how to communicate lessons to a variety of audiences to effect change in policy and practice;
- how different mechanisms can be used to build capacity for and encourage and support innovative approaches to the sustainable management and use of forests.
- To enhance capacity for effective, collaborative participatory forest management in the Caribbean, at regional, national and local levels through:
- workshops, engaging stakeholders in action research and learning, small grants, technical assistance and facilitation of organisational and institutional development processes (including mentoring and peer support), and exchange visits;
- demonstration and application of research lessons at local, national and regional levels;
- wide dissemination of research findings in formats that are relevant and accessible to all key stakeholders and provide tangible guidance for policy and action;
- management and expansion of CANARI’s Information Centre in the area of Forests and Livelihoods and promotion of its use.
Forests and Livelihoods Action Learning Group
Programme development and implementation is coordinated by CANARI in conjunction with a Forests and Livelihoods Action Learning Group (ALG), comprising ‘change agents’ from government, civil society and the private sector, with expertise in fields such as forestry, tourism, agriculture, rural development, community development, and organisational development.
The Forests and Livelihoods Programme is currently being implemented through two major grant-funded projects: