Forest-based PPPs in Asia are mostly based on the concept that forest land is mostly owned, controlled, and supervised by the public sector. Accompanying various aims and commitments for a carbon offset, the forest and forestry became one of the target areas of PPPs, including the REDD+, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), and community-based enterprise development, among others. Despite these endeavors, PPPs in the sector are still largely unexplored. On top of leaning on the essence of PPPs, it is time to seek ways of promoting local communities’ interests and their active participation through all-inclusive policies and enhanced governance framed by equitable stewardship and benefit-sharing.
The workshop on “Public-Private Partnerships in Forest and Forestry Sector” provides an understanding of PPPs in forest and forestry. It will follow up on the newly-endorsed initiative on public-private partnerships — the AFoCO Green Partnership.