Country and Regional Initiatives

RRI’s Country and Regional Initiatives engage stakeholders and decision makers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We advocate for pro-poor policy and market reforms at state levels. To generate new legislation and improved implementation of existing policies, we conduct country-level research and convene dialogues.

Throughout our activities, we connect government policymakers and strategic actors from civil society and communities to share new models and research. Our programs encourage these actors to work together to shape new approaches to tenure and regulation of forest areas. Our Coalition members work to support social and political agents of change by sharing knowledge on the implications of policy and market dynamics for forest-dependent communities and the rural poor.

RRI prioritizes country-level involvement where our projects can be most effective. We seek out  landscapes where:

  • There is political space for and interest in reform
  • RRI Partners and active civil society groups are engaged in supporting reform
  • Activities can make a strategic contribution to advancing pro-poor tenure, policy and market reforms


While most forests remain under government control, recognition of customary tenure systems can help promote environmental and economic progress. Focusing on Central and West Africa, we are engaged to varying degrees in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Liberia, and Mali.


At a crucial moment in forest tenure reform, several of the region’s countries are demonstrating globally significant lessons. We are engaged to varying degrees in China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand.

Latin America

Leading the world in forest tenure reform, the region is proactively addressing issues of sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation. We are engaged to varying degrees in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.