AWG-SF uses the generic term Social Forestry in its regional Reports to refer to policies and programs with the above characteristics. Where the Report refers to specific policies and programs in individual Countries, the terminology of respective Member State is used.

AWG-SF contributes to ASEAN, particularly to:

  • ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry Strategic Plan of Actions (ASOF SPA);
  • ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC);
  • ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Roadmaps.

Defining Characteristics of Social Forestry:

  • Engages communities living in and around forests in sustainable forest use and management;
  • Empowers communities through awareness raising, capacity building, participatory policy development, and recognition of their rights and systems of knowledge;
  • Provides communities with benefits and access to forest resources for their participation in sustainable forest management.