Governing farm-forest interfaces: Lessons from practice and methodological advances to improve policy
In most countries farms and forests are governed by overlapping policy frameworks. The continuum from farm to forest is often overlooked as a result of the different aims, philosophies and disciplines that inform agricultural and forest policies. This session seeks to understand how and why multiple policy frameworks are often applied over a landscape, producing contradictions, confusion or gaps that affect local management decisions and behaviour, often in unintended ways. This session showcases evidence-based papers providing critical insights from Latin America, Asia and Africa into how this farm-forest interface is governed such that multi-use practices are accommodated, resulting in positive sustainable, people-centered outcomes. These papers introduce a range of methods to study the farm-forest interface, forest policy and governance that aim to strengthen qualitative and quantitative rigor of evidence. At the end of the session, we have time for a moderated discussion. Authors are invited to submit their paper to a special edition on the topic in the International Forestry Review.