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Opportunities and constraints for investing in forests and trees in landscapes
Finding suitable ways of investing in the small and medium forest enterprise sector by working in partnerships with local people, can better achieve sustainable and socially responsible impacts, as well as improving returns for investors. 'Soft' investment in support for institutional reform, tackling capacity and governance issues, will pave the way for the stronger and more sustainable investment potential of the sector.
This paper looks at where the opportunities lie for such investment, who might be the investor, and how they can best engage to improve conditions. It considers how the constrainst holding back the process can be overcome, and how each stakeholder can implement effective partnerships to achieve this objective.
To restore forests and get out of poverty, rural communities need the knowledge and connections to build flourishing enterprises. Forest Connect aims to reduce poverty and protect forests by better linking locally-controlled forest and farm enterprises, not only to each other, but also to markets, financial and business support services and to decision makers, policymakers and policy processes, such as National Forest Programmes.
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