Sustainable Community Forestry: Innovative Ideas, Development and Management

This training course was conducted for the middle-senior level forestry management officials, forestry sector planners and policy makers involved in forestry and specifically Community Forestry.

The main purpose/objective of this training and study visits program was to educate forestry officials and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees and to assist local governments, citizen groups and volunteers in the planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation in Sri Lanka.


The specific objectives were to:
• Learn about community forest network development in Thailand
• Experience firsthand how local initiatives have leveraged networks to better manage their forests and natural resources
• Interact and exchange ideas with community forestry practitioners on how to successfully build networks and work with relevant stakeholders
• identify and analyze key community forestry concepts, strategies and principles in order that they gain a broader and deeper understanding of community forestry
• Analyze and reflect on the key lessons learned surrounding community-based networking and how these may apply to participants’ own working contexts
• Application of GIS as a tool to monitor Forest cover and take appropriate decision