Associate Professor Digby Race of USC's Tropical Forests and People Research Centre is leading a research team that has been exploring community-based forestry in Indonesia over the past 10 years.
In Indonesia, forestry is a vital component of the livelihoods of about 80 million people, with many millions of small-scale farmers (smallholders) growing trees as an integral part of their farming systems. However, most smallholders fail to realise the full commercial potential of the forests they manage, or the trees they plant – leading to supplies of poor wood quality to industry. The changing dynamics of rural economies make it difficult for smallholders to understand the commercial value of forestry compared to other land-uses, so they often under-invest in their forest enterprises.
Join Associate Professor Race for a presentation on how community-based forestry can increase the incomes of smallholders, and how to scale-out the benefits to the wider community and industries in Indonesia.
For more information or to RSVP email FABResearchEvents@usc.edu.au.