Perceptions of the MAST Process

PILOT IN LIBERIA’S BLEI COMMUNITY FOREST
Local communities around the Blei Community Forest in Liberia applied USAID’s MAST approach to document land and forest resources. Citizens used MAST to capture land information to make better decisions regarding the use and stewardship of these resources. MAST helped front-line decision-makers identify strategies and actions for their Community Forest Management Plan (CFMP), which provides the framework for safeguarding and sustainably using their customary land and forest resources.


 

Changes in Land Security and Availability

PILOT IN LIBERIA’S BLEI COMMUNITY FOREST
Local communities around the Blei Community Forest in Liberia applied USAID’s MAST approach to document land and forest resources. Using MAST to map community land boundaries allowed Blei citizens to visualize their land and resource holdings for the first time. Quantifying these resources helped to demonstrate to communities that their customary land-based resources are finite and that they possess fewer resources than assumed.