Locally controlled forests

Locally controlled forests (LCF) is about the right of forest-dependent people – families, smallholders, local communities and Indigenous Peoples – to make decisions about commercial land uses and management; to have secure land tenure; and to equitably access markets, capital, and technology. This approach can help stem deforestation and ensure the benefits of healthy forests both locally and globally.

As LCF involves as many as one billion people and more than one quarter of the world’s forests, providing up to $100 billion per year in goods and services and many economic, environmental, social, cultural and spiritual benefits, it plays a significant role in forest landscape restoration (FLR) efforts and in reducing emissions from degradation and deforestation (REDD+). A great many restoration opportunities, for example, are near agricultural lands, so millions of smallholder farmers and communities have a direct impact on the local potential and inevitable mosaics of sustainable land uses.

IUCN works in LCF through several projects and initaitives including: the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument - East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance II (ENPI-FLEG) Program, through partnership with the Forest Farm Facility (FFF), and as part of the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI). 

Current LCF projects:

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