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Transforming forest conflicts in Asia-Pacific: A capacity development approach

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S. Kane
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Asia-Pacific is a forest conflict hotspot as too often forest governance and management excludes the interests and values of local and indigenous people, who see their rights increasingly diminished as the allocation of forestland to private sector entities and conservation areas intensifies.

This paper is intended to raise awareness of mediation as a tool for transforming forest conflict, and in our training programs through development of, for example, an advanced conflict mediation manual.

It aims to help build and strengthen the capacity of a network of conflict transformation practitioners from governments, NGOs, private sector and community organizations.

Overall recommendations are outlined for achieving conflict transformation through prevention and policy initiatives and conclude with a comprehensive capacity development programmatic approach towards transforming forest conflict to include five mutually reinforcing and interwoven activities.