Poverty and Forests Linkages
"This report presents an edited version of the case studies,2 which document the important role of forests and natural resources in poverty reduction and livelihood security, focusing on both the household and community levels. The case studies also describe links to national-level indicators of welfare that inform national strategy and are used to measure progress toward the MDGs. This introductory chapter presents a brief discussion of the literature on poverty-forest linkages and highlights those linkages found in the case studies. Furthermore, it summarizes the PRSP process in the six countries and analyzes how it has incorporated the potential of forests into strategies for poverty reduction. Highlights of the case studies are given and findings discussed, along with lessons learned and suggestions for how forests can be further mainstreamed into poverty reduction strategies."