Case studies in Thailand show how people can be mobilised to address local concerns and in doing so make substantial gains in restoring lost habitat and developing sustainable resource use systems. Community participation, capacity building and resolution of underlying resource and land use conflicts were the basis of these successful restoration efforts. The role of community participation should be considered from the onset of any restoration effort. Gains made in the area of habitat restoration are likely to be based on the development of equal partnerships with local communities as well as effective support in the form of local community capacity-building and conflict resolution.
International Tropical Timber Organization