Smallholder forestry fight climate change
The potential of locally controlled forestry is part of the solution to climate change. Sustainable forest management will increase forest stock, produce forest products and reduce CO2 emissions, says IFFA position for COP 22.
Increased production of forest products improves livelihoods and increases financing available for further improvement of sustainable management. This is the climate position of IFFA, International Family Forestry Alliance, and our partners in community forestry and indigenous peoples. The message was presented from the small holder perspective at the climate summit UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech in November 2016
Family forestry and small holders must counter the misconception of that fight against climate change is only protection of forest. Sustainable management is far better than non-managed “protected” forest reserve excluding local people from sustainable use forcing them to stress other resources outside the forest. Non-managed forest will reach climax stage, die and emit CO2 in the decomposition process.
The interconnected benefits of sustainable management requires specific incentives; secure land tenure, well-functioning forest producer organisations and market access.
The small holders voice at COP 22 was raised together by the G3 Alliance; International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA), Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF) and International Alliance of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples of the Tropical Forest (IAITPTF).