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Cutting edge: how community forest enterprises lead the way on poverty reduction and avoided deforestation

Duncan Macqueen

Opinion paper, 2 pages

Avoided deforestation has re-emerged as a tool to curb climate change. But how does paying poor countries to keep their forests
intact tally with poverty reduction? Doing both at the same time is a challenge, but a necessary one. Forests are not just crucial in
keeping the global environment stable; they are also a lifeline for hundreds of millions of the world’s poor. Fortunately, a solution
to both aims is already in place. Community forest enterprises, if run sustainably and democratically, can both avoid deforestation
and pull people out of poverty. Large industrial concessions, on the other hand, generally do neither. The challenge is to
overcome vested interests and pave the way for greater political support.

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