Indigenous Peoples’ Involvement

Indigenous partners bring a unique understanding of the forest ecosystem—one developed over centuries of close contact with the land. With both traditional and contemporary forest experiences, indigenous peoples are well positioned to contribute to today’s sustainable forest management practices for the benefit of their communities and others.

Bagyeli Pygmees, partners in Campo-Ma'an Model Forest, Cameroon

Model Forests provide a neutral platform where those traditionally left out of the decision-making process have an equal voice around the table. Most sites include indigenous peoples in their stakeholder base and work toward a common vision for sustainability that takes indigenous history, culture and knowledge into account.

Indeed, Model Forest stakeholders recognize that without the involvement of indigenous peoples sustainable development is unlikely to occur.

Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.