ifoam'96 ifoam'96
Book of Abstracts
11th IFOAM Scientific Conference
11-15 August 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Role of Social Forestry Education and Training. P1; 85

Poswal, M.

South Africa

Most rural lands and communities in South Africa lack properly articulated land use and sustainable resource utilization and management programmes, and from environmental and ecological perspectives, are best described, among others, by a high degree of degradation and soil erosion, deforestation and fuel wood scarcity, and low agricultural productivity. The introduction, in the past 3-5 years, of social forestry projects, research and training programmes hve been supported by the government, non-governmental- and community-based organizations, and is recognized as a holistic, multidisciplinary andmultidimensional approach to minimizing the current land use problems andto encourage the conservation of natural resources. The paper discusses thecurrent status of research, extension and education in social forestry in South Africa, with special emphasises on formal educational andcommunity-based programmes.

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