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Organisation for locally controlled forest business – learning from success: Proceedings of the fourth international Forest Connect workshop

Forest Connect is an ad hoc global alliance that shares approaches, business models and tactics to support locally controlled forest and on-farm tree enterprises. It ‘connects’ practitioners facilitating such support on the ground.

The fourth international Forest Connect meeting in Hanoi was held from 15 to 18 January 2015, hosted by Vietnam Farmers' Union (VNFU). The aim was to share and discuss findings from successful locally controlled forest business models. Discussions focused on how these lessons might best be mainstreamed within ongoing efforts to support forest producer organisations. This report details the presentations from country-specific case studies of successful locally controlled forestry businesses; a two day field visit to enterprises in Vietnam; and workshop exercises on the future of Forest Connect.

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Macqueen, D.J., Bolin, A. and Warren, G. (Editors) (2015) Organisation for locally controlled forest business – learning from success – proceedings of the fourth international Forest Connect workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam 15-18 January 2015. IIED, Edinburgh, UK,

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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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