Information for G02357
Making community based forest management work
Community based forest management for the well-being of the people of Malawi is a central theme of Government policy. It is not hard to see why. Almost 65% of Malawians live below the poverty line. A total of 86% reside in rural areas. The rural poor use trees for subsistence fuel, food, construction, medicine and income generation. Beyond agriculture, forests provide one of the only resources from which to earn a living. The extent of such activities demand a functional framework for community based forest management if poverty reduction based on long-term sustainability is to be secured.