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Community Leaders Work to Protect Papua's Forests and Fight Climate Change

by Christin VanZant last modified Jan 04, 2017 05:34 PM
Contributors: WWF
Alex Waisimon is on a mission to inspire them to support the approach that he, WWF, and others are starting to use to save Papua’s forests—which are some of the largest remaining intact forests in Southeast Asia, but are increasingly at risk of being destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations, as well as mining and industrial logging operations. The forests are part of the island of New Guinea, which WWF has identified as one of the 11 most threatened forest regions in the world.

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The approach is called community-based forest management and, as its name implies, is centered on giving community members (often indigenous community members, such as Waisimon) the legal authority to take the lead in managing land they rely on to survive, as well as making decisions on how that land is used.

 

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