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Community-based Natural Forest Management: USAID's Enduring Legacy in Natural Forest Management

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The USAID Forestry Team commissioned this retrospective study in an effort to capture the “lessons learned.” The purpose of this study is to capture and highlight the major results of USAID’s history in supporting community benefits from natural forest management. This study, the accompanying bibliographic database, and other materials are designed to assist the agency in formulating and evaluating policy and programmatic recommendations for future natural forest management programming.

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided vital leadership to international forestry efforts for more than 25 years. USAID’s commitment has spanned the globe and has been at the forefront of international efforts to improve the contributions and conservation of forest resources. From the 1970s energy crisis to current rural livelihood improvement programs, USAID’s interventions have evolved in response. Indeed, USAID hasbeen on the leading edge of efforts to increase fuelwood self sufficiency, protect watersheds, promote community forestry and forest enterprises, and to conserve biodiversity. Regardless of the program emphasis, a consistent element of USAID strategies has been the anchoring role of natural forests.


Many of the references that appear in the list below, organized by Region, were assembled as part of this retrospective Lessons Learned study.





Study Report




Briefing Paper prepared by

USAID Forestry Team staff on USAID's Over 25 years of Experience



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