Participatory management of forests and protected areas: a trainer’s manual
Author: Worah,S.
Produced by: Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (2008)

Participatory and inclusive approaches to forest and protected area management are not new. They have been advocated by various groups including NGOs, academics and forest resource users for over two decades. However, the interpretation and application of such approaches has remained patchy, diverse and controversial. In part, this is a reflection of varied situations on the ground including socio-economics, cultural values, policy scenarios, institutional frameworks and attitudes. It is also in part due to limited understanding of the complexity of applying participatory approaches, and inadequate capacity to facilitate and implement participatory management.

This training manual attempts to address this issue by providing activities intended to increase the knowledge and skills of forest managers in participatory resource management. It is intended for use by trainers and practitioners in the field of participatory resource management in both Africa and Asia. The manual is available online at: