This article analyses the socio-economic impact of community forestry policy implementation in the Middle Hills region of Nepal, drawing on various reports and the author's own observations. It shows that some households, especially poorer ones, have less access today to forest products for subsistence use and income than they had before the community forestry intervention, and that income from the forest is minor and realized only after a long time. The few income-generating activities that involve the poor and women have had little impact. The article thus draws attention to a need to reconsider the approach to community forestry in the light of its socio-economic objectives.
Unasylva (2000) 202 (51) 37-45