FEATURE: AFoCO Project produces research papers on social forestry in Indonesia

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This article introduces five research papers produced by Indonesia based on the achievements of the regional project on ‘Facilitating the Participatory Planning of Community Based Forest Management Using Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Technologies in Forest Resources Management in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand’, which was implemented from 2014 to 2020. Read more about the project achievements in Indonesia in this ARTICLE.


AFoCO’s social forestry initiatives are aimed at promoting the sustainable use of forest resources while protecting forest resources and improving local livelihoods. A number of projects and activities have been implementing on the ground in member countries to encourage local communities to participate in sustainable forest management.

The regional project Facilitating the participatory planning of community-based forest management using geographic information system and remote sensing technologies in forest resources management in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand (AFoCO/004/2014)” has concluded its five-year journey in 2020. The project was successfully completed with significant results and outcomes. Valuable data has also been collected from local communities in Indonesia to determine key considerations that have been taken into account during decision-making in order to maximize benefits from the forests under social forestry schemes and contribute to sustainable forest management.

The Forestry Research, Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA) of Indonesia has recently published a series of research articles about the project outputs, particularly on the impact of community forests and non-timber forest resources on livelihood improvement. Such research outputs are expected to serve as case studies that can contribute effective