Conservation or livelihood?
Not only land for agriculture is contested in Africa. Community forests are also much debated. A regional workshop in Ethiopia arranged by NAI and Hawassa University will explore experiences in the East Africa region. In this workshop researchers from six East and Southern African countries will participate; and two themes are outlined for discussion: Policies, institutions and tenure arrangements for community forestry; and Community participation - opportunities and challenges.
– The outcome of this workshop is to strengthen existing collaboration and outreach in the region as well as identify key policy issues in community forestry, says NAI researcher Opira Otto.