Community-Based Forest Enterprises in Tropical Forest Countries: Status and Potential

Author: Augusta Molnar ITTO Megan Liddle Rights and Resources Carina Bracer Forest Trends Arvind Khare Andy White Justin Bull

Date: October 13, 2010

Like all forest enterprises, community forestry enterprises (CFEs) have a mixed record, with numerous cases of successes as well as failures. As the experience in developed countries attest, SMEs can emerge and flourish where the tenure and policy frameworks allow them to exist legally and compete fairly with large-scale enterprises. Unfortunately, only a few tropical countries have had favourable conditions in place for a sufficiently long time to enable their development or viability. This study identifies some shared trends for the emergence and development of CFEs in a range of different tropical countries that indicate a high level of promise overall.

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