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Power from the Trees: How Good Forest Governance can Help Reduce Poverty

James Mayers and Sonja Vermeulen

Opinion paper, 2 pages

Forestry is no magic bullet for poverty eradication any more than any other sector is on its own. But good forestry does offer some high-potential routes out of rural poverty. Forestry can contribute to food security, provide resource safety nets and sometimes enterprise opportunities where little else exists. Forests have also proven to be fertile ground for pioneering good local governance.

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