Forests play a pivotal role in the lives of natives and forest dwellers by providing revenue, wealth and subsistence. Nations around the world have introduced several reforms to ensure that decisions involving natural resources are made by people who own, use and manage them. However, the absence of real ownership of land barely offers forest dwellers any rights, thus exacerbating the sufferings of the already marginalized local dwellers.
ISBs Forest Governance Team works on various projects that focus on upscaling CFR recognition, enhancing human well-being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes, and strengthening evidence that favors effective community-driven forest landscape restoration. These projects are primarily aimed at reducing vulnerability faced by the indigenous tribes and enhancing their wellbeing by empowering them to mitigate the historical injustice faced by these marginalized communities.