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In general Social forestry means the management and protection of forests and afforestation of barren lands.

The term, social forestry, was first used in India in 1976 by The National Commission on Agriculture, Government of India. It was then that India embarked upon a social forestry project with the aim of taking the pressure off currently existing forests by planting trees on all unused and fallow land.

Social forestry for Tangkulap/Sg. Talibu FMU 17A dates way back to 2008 with the formation of the Social Forestry Committee.

There are no villages inside the forest reserve but 1 village located on the southern fringe of Tangkulap/Sg. Talibu Forest Reserve have been identified of Kampung Kenang-Kenangan.

FMU 17A’s meaningful engagement with local communities includes the following :

a.  Enhancing Economic Well Being

Hiring workers from the local communities to carry out planting work in the two major afforestation areas of SFMLA holders Maxland Sdn Bhd and Lebihasil Sdn Bhd.

There are also plans to implement ‘Homestays’ as well as international collaboration with the Australian Government involving young Australian students for community work with the local communities.

b.  Capacity Building

This is translated into organizing programmes or courses on skill developments such as handicraft, first aid, HCVFs and its affiliates etc.

c.  Infrastructure

Provides basic amenities to villages such as gravity water piping, access roads, gravel stones found inside the forest reserve for road maintenance, etc.

All these are made possible with the assistance of the two major contractors, Maxland Sdn Bhd and Lebihasil and not forgetting other NGOs such as WWF, PACOS etc.

d. Communication Dispute