Essential rights to community-based forest management (CFM) are important in that they contribute to making this historical and collective practice a reality and are more likely to multiply its positive impacts.

Two of the essential rights that are underdeveloped at the global level are cultural rights and the right to organise. This analysis provides further elements to use in advocating for these two rights.

This is the third analysis we have written on the subject. The first, “Essential Rights for Community Forest Management” provides political substance to the rights identified as essential. The second, “Community forest management: how it is supported in international agreements” analyses how 17 international agreements deal with these rights.