Forest Cover Change and Tenure: A Review of Global Literature
Sarah Byrne
Environment and climate series 2011/4, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)

This literature review focuses on the role of tenure in sustainable forest management, in particular livelihoods and forest conservation. It aims to provide a brief overview of the international literature o the question of the relationship between forest tenure and forest cover change. The objective is to discover whether there is evidence that particular forest tenure regimes have significant relationships with forest cover change. The following findings are suggested: globally, the relationship between tenure regime and forest cover change is mixed, and there is no clear evidence to suggest that a specific tenure type will ensure forest conservation; however, tenure security – including aspects of monitoring and enforcement – and local rule-making are significantly related to improved forest cover. Download the publication [pdf] …