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Testing and enriching guidance modules for the 'facilitation of support for small and medium forest enterprises' - second workshop report

Duncan Macqueen, Leianne Rolington

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With ever increasing pressure on forest resources, anchoring timber and non-timber forest product (NTFP) rights to responsible but profitable local enterprises is seen as a key step in reducing poverty, providing local incentives for avoiding deforestation and mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Forest Connect is an international alliance dedicated to reducing poverty by better linking SMFEs to each other, to markets, to service providers and to policy processes such as national forest programmes (NFPs). It currently involves active programmes of work in 12 countries: Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Laos, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique and Nepal.

This alliance aims to draw on collective emerging experiences to develop a toolkit for the facilitation of support for small and medium forest enterprises. This workshop aimed to plan how to test and enrich the existing draft toolkit with experiences from Forest Connect partners from around the world.

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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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