FAO-EU FLEGT Programme

Webinar “How has supporting MSMES to operate legally and sustainably improved forest governance and livelihoods” - 14 July 2021, 14:30 - 16:00 CET / 7:30 - 9:00 GMT-5 / 19:30 - 21:00 GMT+7

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) play a critical role in meeting the growing demand for timber products worldwide and can support the fight against illegality by providing a source of legal, traceable timber. Equipping MSMEs with the relevant business management skills together with the knowledge and competences necessary to comply with regulations generates transformational changes which extend beyond the duration of projects. These changes not only improve legality in the timber market, but contribute to sustaining livelihoods.

The webinar will explore how changes in forest-management practices generated through the support of the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme and the European Forest Institute (EFI) have increased market access, enhanced the competitiveness of MSMEs, whilst reducing their vulnerability to shifts on the international and domestic market. It will discuss the experiences of MSMEs who have benefited from FAO and EFI support and provide "food for thought” for future interventions.

Agenda available here.

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