Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Jafar Shah's work was prepared when Jafar Shah was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Jafar Shah is creating a model for partnerships between local communities, local government, and provincial/regional government to help conserve forests and natural resources at the community level. This gives the communities most dependent on and affected by the state of the forests a critical and prominent role in forest conservation. He developed a successful partnership in Swat and is spreading his idea by training community leaders and local government officials from other parts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. 
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