Community-based forest enterprise development
Forest Connect - Key publications to date
Forest Connect leaflet - A short overview of the Forest Connect Initiative
Supporting small forest enterprises – A facilitator’s toolkit. Pocket guidance not rocket science! Duncan Macqueen (ed.), Sony Baral, Leena Chakrabarti, Shambhu Dangal, Pierre du Plessis, Alison Griffith, Sophie Grouwels, Sushil Gyawali, Jennifer Heney, Daphne Hewitt, Yarri Kamara, Prakash Katwal, Rohit Magotra, Shiva Shankar Pandey, Nabaraj Panta, Bhishma Sube IIED Small and Medium Forest Enterprise Series No. 29. IIED, Edinburgh, UK, 2012.
The goal of this toolkit is to help supporters of small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) work more effectively. It is aimed at 'facilitators', for example donors at the international level and, most importantly, government extension services and non-governmental organisations at the national level. The toolkit is arranged in a series of self-explanatory modules (or tools) for different elements of SMFE support divided into three components. Component one deals with broad international considerations on setting up capacity building programmes for SMFE support (primarily aimed at donors). Component two provides considerations on national level planning and capacity building, before providing in component three more hands-on advice for direct facilitation activities. The idea is that practitioners at any level can dip into sections that catch their eye, and those unfamiliar with enterprise support can read through the toolkit in a logical way. Each of the sixteen modules (or tools) provides step-by-step guidance, followed by practical tips based on the personal experiences of the authors.
Forging linkages: The case of Forest Connect as a small-scale forest enterprise development network tool. Wagner, K., Grouwels, S. and Schweitzer Meins, L. FAO. 2011.
This report was developed for the 2011 IUFRO Small Scale Forestry Conference held in Freiburg, Germany. The report reflects on Forest Connect as a tool for fostering intra- and inter- country linkages between those working on small forest enterprise development. The experiences of Forest Connect in Burkina Faso and in Nepal are reflected upon in the report.
Testing and enriching guidance modules for the "facilitation of support for small and medium forest enterprises"; proceedings of the second international Forest Connect workshop. Macqueen, D.J. and Rolington, L., Editors, IIED, Edinburgh, UK.
The workshop took place at the Global Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16-18 February 2011, and aimed to plan how to test and enrich this toolkit with experiences from Forest Connect partners from around the world. The first day of the workshop was dedicated to sharing progress on supporting small forest enterprises in 10 different Forest Connect country contexts. Each of twelve country presentations framed their presentation in relation to a particular toolkit guidance module – illustrating what they had done and the tactics that they had used. On the second day of the workshop, participants visited Chilimo Forest Union with its nine constituent Forest Cooperatives carrying out participatory forest management (PFM). A range of forest harvesting, restoration, nursery management, and livelihood diversification options were presented. The history of the emergence of PFM and community forest cooperatives under the current government was explained. Participants had a chance to question the cooperative and union members. On the final day of the workshop participants divided into working groups to share more detailed tactics and ideas under broad headings that related to the guidance modules. The aim of these working group sessions was to develop a series of steps and tactics through which to interrogate the existing guidance within the draft toolkit – identifying where the guidance was appropriate and where it might have missed the mark. In the final session of the afternoon a "fishbowl debate‟ was organised to debate the future of the Forest Connect alliance – which broadly served to affirm the commitment of alliance members to the work in hand and its increasing relevance to a range of issues such as poverty reduction, avoided deforestation and sustainable landscapes.
Supporting small forest enterprises - A cross-sectoral review of best practice. Duncan Macqueen This report reviews the growing consensus on best practice in small enterprise support, both within and outside the forest sector. It describes how a framework known as ‘market system development’ unites attempts to: strengthen enterprise associations, facilitate better provision of financial and business development services, and improve the business environment. It concludes with specific recommendations for support to SMFEs, which constitute the basis for the ‘Forest Connect’ alliance, aiming to spread good practice more broadly.
Towards an enabling environment for small and medium forest enterprise development. Jason Donovan, Dietmar Stoian, Sophie Grouwels, Duncan Macqueen, Arthur van Leeuwen, Gemma Boetekees and Ken Nicholson (2007)
This policy brief was developed from an international conference on Small and Medium Enterprise Development for Poverty Reduction: Opportunities and Challenges in Globalizing Markets, Costa Rica, 23-25 May 2006.
Sistematizacion de Experiencia Encadenamiento Forestal Asociacion TIKONEL San Martín Jilotepeque Chimaltenango
This case study from Guatemala focuses on the forest product chain and was developed by the Regional Coordinating Committee for the Integrated Development of the Environment (La Coordinadora Regional de Comités Para El Desarrollo Integral Ambiental), e.g. “Asociación TIKONEL.” This is the third activity TIKONEL has contributed as part of Forest Connect.
Sistematizacion de Experiencia de Mercadeo de un Producto, desarrollado por Asociacio TIKONEL, San Martín Jilotepeque Chimaltenango - “Caja para Té”
This case study, also from Guatemala, focuses on the successful marketing of forest products, the production chain, and the value chain by the small forest enterprise, Ut'z Che.
Diagnostic Studies on Small and Medium-Sized Forest Enterprises
- Challenges and opportunities for Lao DPR’s small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) (2009)
- Défis et opportunités pour les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) au Burkina Faso (2009)
- Challenges and opportunities for Nepal’s small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) (2009)
- Challenges and opportunities for China’s small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) (2009)
- Desafíos y oportunidades para las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas forestales (MIPYMEs forestales) de Guatemala (2009)
- Diagnostic study on small and medium forest enterprises in Uganda (2009)