YFF announces Spring 2021 webinar speaker series

Woman walking barefoot with bundle of sticks on her head. Behind her are vibrant green trees and shrubs. White text says "The Promise and Practice of Community-Based Forestry"
January 5, 2021

The Yale Forest Forum is excited to announce the next speaker series for the spring 2021 semester, jointly hosted by The Forests Dialogue and the Urban Resources InitiativeClick here to register for the series.

The Promise and Practice of Community-Based Forestry

Community-based forestry intends to create pathways for local people to have decision-making control of forest management. The key strategy of community-based forestry is to equitably empower all local stakeholders through a long-term, landscape-based, and inclusive approach to supporting local communities to secure their land and resource rights, stop deforestation, find alternative livelihoods, and foster gender equity. Key community stakeholders include historically marginalized groups such as Indigenous people and ethnic minorities, as well as those who have geographic, economic, social, and cultural relationships with their local forests. Small holders and family forest owners are important parts of community forestry models as well. The Community Based Natural Resource Management paradigm places natural resource protection and management responsibility with the local people in exchange for a sharing of the benefits derived from that protection and sustainable management.

Speakers will describe their personal and organizational experience with community forestry, the benefits of this inclusive approach, and address challenges to ensure equitable participation and sustainable forest management.

Join us every Thursday from February 4-April 20 from 11:30am-12:10pm ET. Note that there will be no webinar on April 8. YFF talks are free and open to the public. Click here to register for the series.

Date Speaker Talk title
Feb. 4 David Ganz Social Forestry Foundations and Practice
Feb. 11 Víctor López Achievements, Challenges, and Perspectives of Community-Based Forestry in Central America
Feb. 18 Caroline Scanlan

A University Model for Clinical Urban Community Forestry Training

Feb. 25 Bhishma Subedi Community Forestry for Conservation, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Development in South Asia
Mar. 4 Milagre Nuvunga The Evolving Nature of CBFM in Parts of Africa with Particular Emphasis on Mozambique
Mar. 11 Chris Buss Working with Forest-Based Communities to Deliver Forest-Based Solutions
Mar. 18 Erika Svendsen On the Frontlines of Change and Transformation: How the community forester is essential to our shared future
Mar. 25 Kim Yuan-Farrell Building Community Tools for Urban Forestry
Apr. 1 Fernanda Rodrigues Community Forest Management Experiences in Brazil: Scenario and case studies
Apr. 15 Marcus Colchester Some Lessons from Engaged Anthropology and Human Rights Activism
Apr. 22 Cécile Ndjebet What Makes Community Forestry a Success? Examining Tenure, Gender, and Community Entrepreneurship
Apr. 29 Duncan MacQueen Organizational Innovations that Make Community Forestry Viable