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Assessing the Socioeconomic Benefits

In this paper, we examine the first seven years of the CFRP to assess the socioeconomic benefits derived to date. Because individual project success is critical to community-based forest restoration, we also draw lessons from project experiences and review challenges and opportunities for improving program monitoring and impact. In Section 1, we examine past projects to identify socioeconomic issues that strongly influence project implementation and success. We begin by outlining key factors contributing to successful project implementation, including (i) workforce sustainability, (ii) sustainable business operations, (iii) problem-solving in integrated land management, and (iv) small wood utilization. We then study these factors more comprehensively in two case studies that demonstrate different facets of community-based forest restoration. In Section 2, we conduct an analysis of past socioeconomic monitoring efforts. Based upon this analysis, we offer recommendations for monitoring indicators that will track issues discussed in Section 1. We conclude by summarizing some of the challenges still facing grantees and project partners and provide some socioeconomic monitoring recommendations to help improve future project planning and implementation, which will ultimately strengthen and broaden the socioeconomic impact of collaborative forest restoration on communities.

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