Benefit Sharing for Ecosystems Conservation

Communities in two counties formed a Community Forest Association (CFA), which was empowered through training and the sustainable use of non-timber forest products.


They were also trained in surveilance and reporting, while ensuring government officers work in close collaboration with these groups with timely action on any reporting.



  • Mutual trust among community members
  • Government agencies partneships with local communities
  • Paradigm change in forest management that allowed nearby commnunities have user rights, and partcicpate in decision making process
  • Building mutual trust between communities and government agencies is key in sustainable ecosystems management (forests and riperaian zones included)
  • Community capacity building can better monitor natural resources just as well as other institutions due to sense of ownership