Focal Countries: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Vietnam
Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Partners: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Global Environmental Facility of UNEP, the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Throughout the Mekong region, rural communities need clearer and more accurate information in order to access markets for forest products and services and to gain more value for their products. Payments for environmental services, including carbon mitigation, are increasingly available. However, as yet, most forest communities are unable to capture these markets or even to comprehend them.
"ForInfo: Livelihood Improvement Through Generation and Ownership of Forest Information by Local People in Products and Services Markets" trains local people to generate quality information about their forest resources, allowing them to better access markets for their products and services. This process gives them ownership over the information and allows them to play a more active role in improving the benefits they receive.
Ultimately, improving rural people's ability to generate and use information about forest resources can contribute to poverty reduction, the sustainability of forests, global efforts to mitigate climate change, and better abilities of communities to adapt to climate change.
With the help of the governments of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Vietnam, the ForInfo project aims to:
Be sure to check out the ForInfo brochure for more details on the project's efforts to enhance livelihoods through improved market access:
Smallholder teak plantations have been established at an increasing rate in Northern Lao PDR since the early 1980s. Revenues from teak can represent up to 50% of smallholders' annual cash income even though teak requires more than 20 years to reach commercially viable sizes.full story
Shifting agriculture has created vast areas of secondary forest vegetation in the landscapes of Northern Lao PDR. This landscape is witness to repeated man-made forest fires. The fires occur annually and are the main reason for haze pollution during the dry season.full story
A presentation given by Mr. Bernhard Mohns on the crucial role of selecting the most viable small harvesting technologies in supply-demand chain for timber.full story
ForInfo: Bamboo Sulky and Track Crawler Video Demo Appropriate and innovative harvesting methods are tested and financially assessed to extract bamboo by manual operations.Archive