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Enabling community forestry in Papua New Guinea

This project aims to improve rural livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through family-focused community reforestation and ecoforestry.
Community forestry could improve rural livelihoods in Papua New Guinea. Much of the country is covered in forests, nearly all of which are held in customary land ownership. Clans are seeking to use large areas of clan owned grasslands covering thousands of hectares more productively. Some initiatives have begun community-based reforestation or agroforestry in these areas, but have been ineffective.
Additional research is required, particularly on how to support women's development women in rural environments and how women working with men in a family unit can lead to improved agroforestry systems and profitable livelihoods. Applying this knowledge along with improved technology and training can improve livelihood options and reduce poverty in these rural communities.
This project will design and test tree-based livelihood systems for family-focused community based reforestation; identify how family-focused community based reforestation can be scaled-out to a landscape scale; and identify and test institutional arrangements and policy recommendations that improve access to formal timber markets.
The project will improve families' skills for reforestation, establish integrated agricultural and forestry systems, and give community members better livelihood options and greater food security. More households will have better incomes because agroforestry that the project establishes will increase production. The project will also help households to produce more firewood, pole, agriculture, and plantation crops (cocoa and coffee). Communities will have better access to formal timber markets. The project will recommend policy changes, revise Timber Agreements and processes suitable for ecoforestry in Papua New Guinea, and revise Reduced Impact Logging guidelines and management planning for ecoforestry.