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Report of a meeting of participants of the UK Tropical Forest Forum on small enterprise development and forests Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 26 September 2006

This report covers a meeting of participants of the UK Tropical Forest Forum (UKTFF) entitled 'Small enterprise development and forests’. The meeting was organised and facilitated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). More than 50 participants participated from 12 countries. The purpose of the meeting was to explore a broad range of options to prosper responsible small-scale forest enterprise. A second day of discussions by a smaller working group occurred on the following day. The second day explored in more detail some of the trade options for enhancing local returns from forest products – including both certified sustainable forestry and fair trade. A separate report has been prepared of that event.

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The forestry sector in developing countries is dominated by small and medium sized forest enterprises. But the diverse range of these enterprises makes it difficult to understand the contribution they make to sustainability and poverty reduction.

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Small and medium forest enterprises and associations