Member Spotlight: Monks’ Community Forest

In the face of lawlessness and impending destruction, the Monk’s Community Forest has empowered Cambodia’s poorest villagers to protect their local forest, and has allowed them to benefit from its resources. By lobbying for “community forest” status, attained in 2009, it has enabled forest-dependent communities to manage their forests sustainably to support their livelihoods.

Network Spotlights are short profile articles focusing on members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. Spotlight articles use case studies and ‘key lessons’ to provide useful insights into the work of other network members. Whether you are working in the same country, with similar issues or want to understand new legal empowerment approaches, the Network Spotlight is a useful learning resource.