Why social forestry: Keeping the coffee

In a lush valley in Lampung Province in the southern tip of Sumatra sits the village of Tri Budi Syukur, surrounded by idyllic terraces of rice paddies and fields of coffee plants ornamented with red berries. Officially, the land belongs to the government, but it’s the local management that keeps it prosperous and beautiful. Having implemented versions of social forestry schemes for nearly two decades, Lampung is the pioneer province for social forestry in Indonesia, and Tri Budi Syukur has been its flagship village. To examine its reasons for success, researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) chose it as one of the research sites for the Global Comparative Study on Forest Tenure Reform (GCS-Tenure). Read more on Forests News.