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Risk management for locally controlled forest business - securing the future: Proceedings of the fifth international Forest Connect workshop

Anna Bolin, Elaine Harty, Duncan Macqueen

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Forest Connect is an ad hoc global alliance and knowledge network for agencies that support locally-controlled forest enterprises. It aims to reduce poverty and maintain forest landscapes by better linking such enterprises, not only to each other, but also to markets, financial and business support services and to decision makers, policymakers and policy processes.

In March 2016, IIED launched a book and a toolkit which developed a framework for proactive risk self-assessment and management for locally controlled forest farm enterprises. Practitioners who supported the implementation of the toolkit were selected to share their results in the use of the toolkit. Coming from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 23 participants gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 22 to 24 November for the fifth Forest Connect workshop focusing on risk management, and hosted by Somos Del Sur. The objective on the workshop was to revise and validate the implementation of the risk management toolkit, and to build further on successes.

This report details country-specific case studies on the preliminary findings from attempts to test the risk management toolkit; a one day field visit to a family run bamboo enterprise in the Ecuadorian Chocó; and workshop exercises on how to develop metrics for success within the risk management framework.

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Bolin. A., Macqueen, D. and Harty, E. (Editors) (2017) Risk management for locally controlled forest business: securing the future – proceedings of the fifth international Forest Connect workshop, Quito, Ecuador, 22 - 24 November 2016. 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 landscapes are among the most isolated and marginalised areas in the world, where land, food and energy security and income generation are pressing concerns. Achieving sustainable development in the forest landscape while addressing those immediate needs is a complex challenge that requires joined-up efforts.

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