Information for 13547IIED
Distinguishing community forest products in the market: industrial demand for a mechanism that brings together forest certification and fair trade
Duncan Macqueen, Annie Dufey, Ana Patrícia Cota Gomes, Nelda Sanchez Hidalgo, Maria Regina Nouer, Ruben Pasos, Luis Alfonso Argüelles Suárez, Vaithehi Subendranathan, Zazil Ha García Trujillo, Sonja Vermeulen, Mauricio de Almeida Voivodic, Emma Wilson
Report/paper, 104 pages
This report assesses demand for a mechanism that brings together forest certification and fair trade in the timber market. Timber buyers from 21 countries were surveyed as part of this study - with more detailed value chain analysis in 4 country case studies. The report concludes that there is indeed both demand and practical options to do more for community forest producers. A historic opportunity exists to bring together forest certification and fair trade in the interests both of communities and the forests on which they depend.
Fair trade has done much to help community enterprises – but mainly in agriculture, not forestry. It is now time to examine the demand and potential of a mechanism, such as fair trade, that can both empower and distinguish community forest products in the market place &ndash; opening up new market niches through which ethical consumers can channel their purchasing power.
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