The Expert Group Meeting on Commercializing products from community forests
26 - 28 March 2012, at FAO HQ in Rome
FAO jointly organised the meeting with ITTO and RECOFTC and was attended by 26 Experts from a range of institutions and organisations from Africa, Asia, L. America, Europe and USA. Particpants hailed from international agencies, Government Forestry agencies, NGOs, Academia, Research, Private Sector, Indigenous and Community forestry Alliances.
FAO Assistant Director General, Eduardo Rojas opening the meeting
Participants exchanged concrete experiences based on their professional engagements and perspectives from different geographical region. They outlined major impediments for commercialization of forest products, discussed possible interventions and reached a common understanding to pursue an international initiative coordinated by FAO. This would continue to link existing initiatives, enable information exchange and advocate for action from all relevant stakeholders to support communities to commercialize valuable products from their forests. While recognizing that existing initiatives will continue with new perspectives from the meeting, a stock-taking/mapping exercise is planned in the near future to provide a good basis for concrete integrated field-based initiatives.
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