Identification of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Community-Based Forest Management Program

Suh, Jungho and Emtage, Nick F. (2005) Identification of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Community-Based Forest Management Program. Annals of Tropical Research, 27 1: 55-66.

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Author Suh, Jungho
Emtage, Nick F.
Title Identification of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Community-Based Forest Management Program
Journal name Annals of Tropical Research
ISSN 0116-1710
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 66
Total pages 12
Editor Steve R.Harrison
Eduardo O. Mangaoang
John L. Herbohn
Jerome K. Vanclay
Paciencia P. Milan
Victor B. Asio
Jungho Suh
Language eng
Subject 300602 Tree Improvement (Selection, Breeding and Genetic Engineering)
300606 Agroforestry
300600 Forestry Sciences
300604 Management and Environment
Abstract A survey was undertaken during a workshop to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of Community-based Forest Management in Leyte Province, the Philippines. A form with open-ended questions, rather than oral discussion sessions traditionally associated with the SWOT analysis, was presented to each member of the group simultaneously. The survey method with a questionnaire was aimed at minimising the time requirement, preventing the data from being biased by a few dominant players, and obtaining relative frequencies. The greatest strength of the forestry program is seen to be the empowerment given to rural communities to plant and manage trees on publicly controlled lands. Other strengths include the resources and training provided to support the program, and fostering cooperation between community members. Lack of foreign and local funding to support the program were viewed as the most important weakness. The possible withdrawal or depletion of foreign funding was seen as a major potential threat. Respondents are also concerned about whether communities can find markets for their timber and non-timber forest products. Other challenges include the lack of timber processing facilities in Leyte and instability and complexity of government regulations. With regard to opportunities, respondents tended to report what they would like to see done to improve performance of the program, rather than program innovations, probably because as yet little timber harvesting has taken place.
Keyword participatory assessment
empowerment of rural communities
local government units
resource availability
timber marketing Keywords: participatory assessment
empowerment of rural communities
local government units
resource availability
timber marketing.
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