In our new millenium, the CSF predicts three main areas of concern:
1. Globalization and the various free-markets would stimulate more commercialization of forest products. The exploitation of forest resources would increase significantly.
2. Economic development, growing population and, in the case of East Kalimantan, the establishment of new administrative Districts throughout the province would put pressure on forest resources as well as stimulate a wide ranging conversion of forest areas for various purposes; thus the number and size of forest areas would significantly decrease.
3. Stiff competition in the use of forest resources and forest areas would stimulate and intensify conflicts among forest stakeholders.
With such realities, a variety of strategies are called for to ensure sustainable use and management of forest resources that are compatible to general forest development policies, local community wisdom and practical needs. ACBRThe CSF also foresees the emergence of a wide range of sustainable use and management systems for forest resources in the world’s tropical rainforest areas.

The CSF aims to become a “Centre of Excellence in Social Forestry” and an academic catalyst for sustainable use and management of tropical rainforest.

The CSF is mandated to develop education, training, research, policy inputs, as well as extension and outreach activities in Social Forestry.; to appropriately respond to growing issues and demand for sustainable development of forest management systems; to contribute to the welfare of forest dwellers; and, as well, to provide benefits for other forest stakeholders..{/AC}

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