Forest Connect is an international alliance – co-managed by Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – dedicated to reduce poverty by linking Small and Medium Forest Enterprises (SMFEs) with national forest programs, emerging markets and service providers. It currently has active programs in 11 countries: Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Laos, Mali, Mozambique and Nepal. The overall goal of the Forest Connect is “to substantially reduce poverty for forest-dependent people in key partner countries by increasing the number of successful and sustainable small forest enterprise associations”.
ANSAB serves as a National hub in Nepal for Forest Connect since August 2007, and has been implementing the Forest Connect Program in Nepal with different working partners as government, community based organizations, local enterprises, CFUGs, research institutions and other organizations. ANSAB as a forest connect hub in Nepal identifies the issues and challenges of the SMFEs and discusses in the Nepal NTFP Network (NNN) meetings. NNN is coordinated by ANSAB and consists of 50 organizational and 250 individual members representing government, community, business, donors, Federation of community forestry users, forest enterprises, NGOs and development agencies from Nepal, China, India, Uganda, UK and USA. ANSAB also coordinates the NNN meetings with participation of NNN’s active members including the Government of Nepal, Federation of community forestry users Nepal (FECOFUN), community forest enterprises and Nepalese business organizations. The meeting discusses on the issues and identifies the means of effective collaboration and coordination among the supporting organizations. Final decisions are verified by the NNN meetings.
To learn more, visit the Forest Connect website.