Beyond Basic Needs: Participation and Village Reforestation in Thailand
At present, many federally-sponsored community reforestation projects engage communities by hiring local labor to establish plantations with fast-growing tree species. This method ignores the importance of local knowledge and local-level accountability that improves the chances of a project's survival.
Research Goals & Methods
The authors describe a community forestry project started by the Population and Community Development Association in which participatory strategies have been successfully implemented.
Conclusions & Takeaways
Communities should be able to design the plantation and make the management decisions so that the plantation best meets their own needs.
Beyond Basic Needs: Participation and Village Reforestation in Thailand. Community Development Journal. 1995;30:72–82. doi:10.1093/cdj/30.1.72..
- Morill Science Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts