Locals' Rights Key to Forest Conservation: Report

27 September 2013

Experts presenting on the status of forests in the region that stretches from the Yucatan to the Darien Forest in Panama reported this week that with strong land rights, local communities in Central America are outperforming governments and industry in conserving the forests under their care.

Yet the study also supported claims by participants at the major community forestry conference in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, who warned that advances are at risk because governments in the region often fail to recognize and enforce the rights that underpin the region's success.

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