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 29 from 11:30am-12:10pm ET. 

Chris Buss’ webinar on March 11 has been canceled due to unforseen circumstances. 

YFF talks are free and open to the public. Click here to register for the series.

Date Speaker Title & Organization Talk title Speaker Information Readings Webinar
Feb. 4 David Ganz Executive Director, RECOFTC Community Forestry: Foundations and practice for improving lives and landscapes Biography & Abstract Chapters 1-3 Slides, Recording, Q&A
Feb. 11 Víctor López Program Officer, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Ford Foundation Achievements, Challenges, and Perspectives of Community-Based Forestry in Central America Biography & Abstract Chapter 4, e360 article SlidesRecording
Feb. 18 Caroline Scanlan GreenSkills Manager, URI, Yale School of the Environment

A University Model for Clinical Urban Community Forestry Training

Biography & Abstract PDF SlidesRecording

Feb. 25

Bhishma Subedi Executive Director, ANSAB Community Forestry for Conservation, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Development in South Asia Biography & Abstract Pages vii-xii, Pages 54-65 Recording
Mar. 4 Milagre Nuvunga Executive Director, Micaia Foundation The Evolving Nature of CBFM in Parts of Africa with Particular Emphasis on Mozambique Biography & Abstract Chapter 5 Recording
Mar. 11 Chris Buss Director, Forest Conservation Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature Working with Forest-Based Communities to Deliver Forest-Based Solutions Biography & Abstract PDF  
Mar. 18 Erika Svendsen Social Scientist/Team Leader, NYC Urban Field Station, U.S. Forest Service On the Frontlines of Change and Transformation: How the community forester is essential to our shared future Biography & Abstract PDF Recording
Mar. 25 Kim Yuan-Farrell Executive Director, The Park People Building Community Tools for Urban Forestry Biography & Abstract   Recording
Apr. 1 Fernanda Rodrigues Executive Secretary, Brazilian Forests Dialogue Community Forest Management Experiences in Brazil: Scenarios and case studies Biography & Abstract Chapter 6 Recording
Apr. 15 Marcus Colchester Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme Some Lessons from Engaged Anthropology and Human Rights Activism Biography & Abstract PDF  
Apr. 22 Cécile Ndjebet President, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)  What Makes Community Forestry a Success? Examining Tenure, Gender, and Community Entrepreneurship Biography & Abstract Chapter 7  
Apr. 29 Duncan MacQueen Principal Researcher and Leader, Natural Resources Research Group, International Institute for Environmental and Development Organizational Innovations that Make Community Forestry Viable Biography & Abstract PDF 1, PDF 2