Developing a toolkit for facilitation of support for small forest enterprises

The Forest Connect alliance is co-managed by the Natural Resources Group within the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Community-Based Forest Enterprise Development programme (CBED) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional support from PROFOR and the FAO hosted national forest programme (nfp) Facility aimed to draw on the emerging experiences of this alliance to develop (and roll out across Facility partner countries) a toolkit for the facilitation of support for small and medium forest enterprises. An international workshop (July 2008) was held in Edinburgh, Scotland with the aim to develop the framework for this toolkit based on the expressed needs of country partners.

 Materials from this first international workshop can be found here:


In 2010, IIED and FAO coordinated the development of a toolkit, entitled: Supporting small forest enterprises – A facilitator’s toolkit. Pocket guidance not rocket science! aiming to help supporters, or  ‘facilitators’, of SMFEs at the international level (e.g. donors) and especially at the national level (e.g. government extension services, NGOs) to do their job better. Individual modules of the Forest Connect toolkit then underwent a testing phase prior to the its final publication. These tests were conducted by Forest Connect national hubs in order to assess and provide feedback on the utility of the toolkit on the ground. The reports by selected Forest Connect national hubs on the toolkit module testings can be found here:

Testing Research Report on Forest Farmer Cooperatives in Longquan, Zhejiang, China for the Forest Connect Toolkit, Guidance Module 14. FAO, 2011.

The final toolkit was published in May 2012 and can be found here:

Supporting small forest enterprises – A facilitator’s toolkit. Pocket guidance not rocket science! 

last updated:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012