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Locally controlled forestry

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  • A woman wearing a face mask and a visor stands behind a table of vegetables selling her produce.

    COVID-19 and forest communities

    IIED and partners are exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community forest organisations and the lessons that can be learnt through the resilience they have demonstrated and their contributions to building back better

    21 October 2021 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Rows of small dishes containing various types of vegetable seeds, including beans and grains

    Madagascar needs agroforestry businesses in its response to climate change

    Madagascar’s forests are under increasing pressure from agricultural expansion, in an increasingly erratic climate. Agroforestry could be a key part of a response

    27 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • A trolley load and shelves of cinnamon dry inside a special drying facility

    Vietnamese forest and farm producers work towards more resilient livelihoods and landscapes

    As the UN launches the Decade of Family Farming, Duncan Macqueen considers the role of the Forest and Farm Facility programme in improving incomes, employment and sustainable agricultural practices for Vietnamese farmers

    27 May 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Bolivian family farming organisations show a poster about their award-winning coffee business development activity at the World Rural Forum in Bilbao, Spain (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Modern food systems to emerge in new decade of family farming

    Global farmers affirmed the vital relevance of small-holders at the World Rural Forum in Bilbao, Spain recently, highlighting how through innovative approaches they will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals over the next ten years

    4 April 2019 | Blog | Forests
  • The Forest and Farm Facility is now working with Ecuador forest farm producers such as this bamboo production business

    Forest and Farm Facility Phase II

    The goal of Phase II of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is to strengthen the organisations of forest and farm producers to deliver climate-resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods

    24 March 2019 | Project | Forests
  • A Vietnamese man poses in front of buildings and piles of timber

    Archive of completed locally-controlled forestry projects

    Forests and livelihoods have been the focus of pioneering work by IIED since the 1980s. This archive page links to past forest projects managed by IIED

    22 February 2019 | Article | Forests
  • Financing forest-related enterprises in ways that reduce both deforestation and poverty is critical to climate action and sustainable development (Photos: K Traumann/CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Webinar: Strengthening the effectiveness of private sector engagement in addressing deforestation

    This webinar on 11 April 2018 discussed innovative ways to channel and leverage finance to forest-related enterprises

    3 April 2018 | Event | Forests
  • Cooperative members at the Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces nursery in Cobán, Guatemala operate a compost packing machine. FEDECOVERA oversees the production of cardamom, allspice, coffee, tea, cocoa, essential oils, grains and vegetables (Photo: Juan José Ochaeta/FEDECOVERA)

    IIED marks international forests day with major new research report and toolkit

    IIED is marking the International Day of Forests (21 March) by issuing two new publications with its Forest and Farm Facility partners that highlight a powerful new approach to strengthening forests and forest producers

    21 March 2018 | News | Forests
  • The Forest and Farm Facility Vietnam team displays new forest and farm products and knowledge from work with Forest and Farm Producer Organisation businesses (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Mass mobilisation: boosting businesses and protecting forests

    As Phase I of the Forest and Farm Facility partnership closes, Duncan Macqueen reflects on its impressive achievements and the role that the mass mobilisation of forest and farm producers has played in its success

    20 March 2018 | Blog | Forests
  • A water connection to link the Lobé river to Kribi harbour, South Region, Cameroon

    LandCam: securing land and resource rights and improving governance in Cameroon

    Cameroon is revising its land and natural resource laws. This project supports this effort by piloting approaches to improve resource governance in rural areas and by helping citizens participate in the policy reform process

    8 May 2017 | Project | Governance
  • Stands of giant bamboo, in what was once degraded cattle pasture, are ready to be loaded onto trucks (Photo: Duncan Macqueen)

    Bamboozled by bamboo?

    A workshop in Ecuador heard how a new toolkit is helping practitioners get to grips with risk in locally controlled forest and farm business

    9 December 2016 | Blog | Forests
  • Mangroves (Blue Carbon) in the Lamu area, on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (Photo: Peter Prokosch)

    IIED at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

    IIED and its partners were at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i from 1-10 September 2016

    23 August 2016 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Pre-emptive controlled burning in Belize is preventing severe uncontrolled wild fires during the driest months (Photo: Toledo Institute for Development and Environment)

    Flaming parrots and palmetto palms

    A new business opportunity could help protect Belize's Yellow-headed parrots and benefit local communities as well

    8 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Oscar Simanto, one of the founders of the African Forest Enterprises Connect Network (AFECONET), connect forest and farm producers across Africa (Image: IIED)

    New network aims to connect locally controlled forest enterprises across Africa

    The African Forest Enterprises Connect Network (AFECONET) has been set up to connect and support locally controlled forest and farm producers

    26 October 2015 | News | Forests
  • Aurelio Fuastino lives near a primary forest in Mozambique. He sees the forest as an important source of many products including medicinal plants. He and other villages have no control over loggers who have been given licenses in the forest (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    IIED seminar on locally controlled enterprises for forest peoples

    A "Critical Theme" seminar on Tuesday, 7 July looked at the benefits and challenges of locally controlled enterprises for forest peoples

    6 July 2015 | Event | Forests
  • Local logging bosses ('patrons') attend a training session on business organisation and forest management in the remote miombo forest near Caia in Central Mozambique (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Mozambique's forest theatre – how will the play end?

    Conscious that speaking at a training event for Mozambican Simple License loggers required some theatrical flourish to hold attention in the sub-tropical heat, Duncan Macqueen took to the stage

    4 March 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • Participants from 26 countries attended the Forest Connect workshop (Photo: Hop Thinh)

    Locally controlled forestry enterprises could teach us all a thing or two

    Four lessons for successful locally controlled forest enterprises from the Forest Connect workshop in Vietnam

    4 February 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • Market Analysis and Development training course participants (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Bolivia's indigenous peoples drive forest farm innovation to benefit Mother Earth

    In Bolivia, the state is providing support to encourage community organisations to trial innovative new business models that challenge free market norms. Could such new ways of doing business also deliver greater benefits for the planet?

    25 November 2014 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Northern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

    It's time for revolution in forest business

    Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Leaders of the Southern Aberdare Conservation Network (SACN) discussing support from the Forest and Farm Facility (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Taking the brakes off forest farm development in Kenya

    Kenya needs to fix a wood demand-supply gap of 12 million m³ per year. So the launch of the Forest Farm Facility in Nariobi on 6 November was timely

    11 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Lushoto, Tanzania: Farmers are being encouraged to diversify into agroforestry. Here a tree nursery group discusses the challenges and opportunities (Photo: P Kimeli/CCAFS)

    Look beyond the trees: the SDGs will have to do more than just 'protect forests'

    A UN working group has drafted targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which will expire next year. IIED's assessment finds a strong set of targets, but also trade-offs and missing issues

    4 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Two forest farmers from Ghana, including the head of a local community forest group, alongside some cocoa beans (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Integrating forests into the post-2015 development framework

    This IIED project aimed to install forest-related targets and indicators into the post-2015 development framework, contributing towards notional goal areas on poverty reduction and equality, economic growth and employment, food security, water and energy, climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity

    21 May 2014 | Project | Forests
  • Local forest workers in Cambodia, one of the regions studied for a new report (Photo: Frontier Cambodia Forest via Creative Commons

    Four ways to support locally controlled forestry and benefit people and the planet

    Governments, donors and investors must bolster locally-controlled forest businesses if they wish to deliver public goods, support livelihoods and help tackle poverty and climate change, says a new report

    20 May 2014 | News | Forests
  • The Dolakha FSC-certified community forest user group speaking at the International Forest Connect workshop in Nepal in February 2013 (Photo: Leianne Rolington/IIED)

    Focusing support for locally controlled forest enterprise

    Funding to Forest Connect led to diagnosis of effective investments, clarified our strategy and attracted new members

    14 March 2014 | Article | Forests
  • How to boost investment in locally controlled forestry in Mexico

    Greater investment in locally controlled forestry in Mexico has potential to bring social, environmental and economic benefits.

    1 October 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Commercial logging in Tengchong, China. Photo: Simon Lim

    Supporting locally-controlled forest enterprises

    Locally-controlled forest enterprises are a key way to protect both forests and the livelihoods of those who live in and around them. But they can be weak and so small that profits are marginal. That’s why IIED is working to strengthen their capacity and organisation.

    11 September 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Boys polish chairs for sale in the furniture market, Nampula, Mozambique.

    Introduction to locally-controlled forestry

    Worldwide, 1.3 billion people rely on forests for their food, energy and livelihoods. Forest-dependent communities are especially vulnerable to the effects of global forest losses. How can we support forest communities and ensure equitable and sustainable forest management?

    5 August 2013 | Article | Forests
  • A man waters seedlings at a nursery at the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya managed by Wildlife Works Carbon.

    Investment guide to ‘triple win’ from locally controlled forestry

    Discussions between investors and forest rights-holders have resulted in new guidance for investments that can create a ‘triple win’ of returns for investors, livelihood security for local communities and protection for forests

    24 September 2012 | News | Forests
  • Place forests under local control to increase incomes and sustainability

    The following IUCN press release is about a report whose lead author is Duncan Macqueen, head of the forest team at IIED (

    7 September 2012 | News | Forests
  • A community forest in Ethiopia.Credit: Growing Forest Partnerships

    Local control of forests brings economic, environmental and social gains

    Governments and businesses must give local people more control over forests to maximise social, economic and environmental benefits, says a new book by IIED and the G3 — a global network whose members manage a quarter of the world’s forests.

    13 June 2012 | News | Forests
  • Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest - lush green landscape with river running through it.

    Locally-controlled sustainable forestry in Brazil faces uphill struggle

    History shows the Brazilian state can protect the country's forests. So, can it do more to support locally-managed forestry in the country?

    13 June 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Communities are protecting Vietnam’s forests, but are they sharing in the benefits yet?

    Dawn has not long broken but the sun is burning through the tree-lined streets of the city of Hue in central Vietnam. The cafes are already full and our minibus carefully weaves round the ubiquitous motorbikes in the early morning rush, as we head out of the city.  Speeding past the crowded market and blaring horns, we catch glimpses of ancient architectural gems tucked between the bakeries and camera shops.  Tradition and modernity overlapping in vibrant glory.  img_0592.jpg

    30 March 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Stakeholders inspect timber as part of the Eighth field dialogue on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) in Yogyakarta (Jogya), Central Java Province, Indonesia.

    Needed: Local farmers and communities to plant trees in Indonesia

    Forests cover almost half of Indonesia’s surface but, because growing new tree plantations and sustainably managing forests has historically not kept pace with the country’s extensive timber proces

    22 February 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Louder this time, ‘Turn REDD on its head!’

    A year ago, ‘Turn REDD on its head!’ seemed like a good title for a blog. Now it seems like an essential way forward if REDD is going to work.

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • REDD+: Learning from participatory forest management

    As policymakers prepare to discuss REDD+ at UN climate talks in Durban, they should heed the lessons learned from years of experience in participatory forest management across the developing world.

    10 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Delivering REDD+: can past lessons help in tempering optimism and making headway?

    The International Year of Forests is celebrating the importance of forests and raising the profile of challenges and opportunities. The perceived value of forests has been raised by the recognition of their role in mitigating climate change. But the International Year of Forests is a momentous reminder that there are still unresolved issues.

    9 May 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: a series of short films

    A series of short films that ask: who gets to decide about forests? With deforestation causing such havoc for biodiversity, the climate and the livelihoods of millions of forest-dependent people around the world, it is an important question

    15 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Setting fire to outdated thinking on biomass energy

    Energy shortages and rising fuel costs are nothing new to the poor in developing countries where 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.4 billion use biomass as their primary cooking and heating fuels. What is new, is the idea that renewable biomass energy itself could enable developing countries to fight poverty and climate change, create jobs and gain energy independence.

    11 April 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • Justice in the forests: Ghana

    This film looks at how the Forest Governance Learning Group team in Ghana is exploring solutions to the problem of chainsaw logging

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Uganda

    This film documents the fight to save a forest reserve from being sold

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Vietnam

    This short film looks at community forestry in Vietnam

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Malawi

    This short film, entitled 'Burning issues', looks at charcoal production in Malawi and presents the case for community managed forests

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Forest Connect: championing local forest enterprises

    Last week (16–18 February), I joined the Forest Connect alliance at a meeting in Ethiopia to learn from the country’s experience in locally controlled forestry and reaffirm our vision that poverty reduction and forest conservation can go hand in hand if locally controlled forest enterprises can be made profitable and sustainable.

    24 February 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Lumbering illegality: how to make timber sustainable and pro-poor

    The European Union is closing its doors to illegal timber exports. But unless we tackle unsustainable logging to satisfy domestic timber markets, their actions will little benefit forests, or the millions of poor people that live within them. Making timber sustainable requires the use of both trade and climate strategies in unison to bring about locally controlled forestry.

    26 January 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Local voice, global forest, local forest, global voice

    Who had heard of G3 eighteen months ago? Nobody, because it didn’t exist.Yet an alliance known as The Three Rights Holders Group has had a strong presence at COP 16 in Cancun, manning an information booth and participating in various panels.The group’s message was a simple one, advocating for sustainable forest management and locally controlled forestry as a vital component in any realistic strategy going forward to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.So who is this group and where has it come from?

    17 January 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

    The UN has declared 2011 as the international year of forests — although more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see it that way. Spiralling global demand for food, energy, fibre and water spell trouble for these people’s forests.Schemes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) may have been agreed at last month’s climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, but without locally controlled forestry this, in itself, will not stop the pressure on our forests. If you listen carefully you can still hear the forest clock ticking down…

    22 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • A pinch of salt from Namaacha

    Strengthening local communities’ rights to and capacity for sustainable forest management is critical to making REDD work in developing countries.

    17 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Turn REDD on its head

    National REDD strategies must be based on local, not government, control, say opinion leaders from ten countries in the IIED-facilitated Forest Governance Learning Group.

    14 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Green shoots and REDD herrings

    Forests continue to be trashed in many places. One recent estimate, admittedly ‘on the back-of-an- envelope’, indicates a global natural capital loss of US$2.5 trillion a year, of which forests represent a substantial part. We have all recently become used to hearing about trillions of dollars being wiped off the world’s ‘virtual economy’, but this natural capital is real, and its loss is permanent.

    15 October 2009 | Blog | Forests
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