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Report of an international meeting on Enhancing local returns from trade in forest products, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 27 September 2006

This report covers an international meeting convened by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on 27 September 2006. The purpose of the meeting was to focus on options for small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) to distinguish their products in the market place – resulting in fairer trade for greater sustainability and livelihood returns. The meeting aimed to strengthen an emerging alliance on ‘pro-poor forestry’. The meeting focused on options for practical schemes that will enable socially responsible SMFEs to be more sustainable and competitive, to trade more, distinguish their products in the market place, and reap greater rewards for their socially and environmentally responsible practice. It paid particular attention to the potential within existing fair trade and forest certification schemes.

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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