Social forestry for sustainable forest management (SFM): A case study in Tongod District, Sabah

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Key messages

  • In Sabah, social forestry (SF) is part of the state’s sustainable forest management (SFM) strategy to achieve environmental, economic and social objectives.
  • SF and SFM can be compatible because both recognize the importance of community participation in achieving sustainable use of forest resources.
  • However, there is a gap in translating the SF concept to activities within the SFM approach and a lack of continuity.
  • To strengthen the role of local communities in SFM through SF, there is a need for a platform enabling open discussion among relevant stakeholders, increasing awareness about the benefits of SF and securing adequate funding to conduct SF activities.
  • This brief examines social forestry within four local communities of Tongod District.
Authors: Johnlee, E.B.; Ibrahim, A.L.; Naito, D.; Lintangah, W.
Subjects: social forestry, forest management
Publication type: Brief
Year: 2020

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