Participatory Forestry

With the concretization of the new national forest policy and the new needs in rural areas after the dismantlement of the agricultural soviet farms, involvement of the local population in the forest management took another dimension and went through its development process over time.

It became clear that the Lehozes were no longer able to continue their activities like in the past due to budget limitation and staff cut.

It didn’t make any doubts that local population would play an increasing role in natural resources management, and hence in forestry also. The questions were: how? Where? How fast? And how far? At that point the preconditions were established to develop approaches of participatory forestry.