Sustainable Forestry
    
Forests provide a wide range of services, including the regulation of freshwater and hydrological systems, the maintenance of soil quality, the regulation of the global climate, and the provision of habitat for a variety of species. Forests are also an important source of health, income, food security and livelihoods for communities worldwide. More than 1.6 billion people across the world are dependent on forests for their livelihood needs. Among these are more than 60 million indigenous peoples and close to 1 billion smallholder farmers who manage remnant forests. Forest-dependent communities are advancing innovative solutions that work for people and for forests.
    
Red Indígena de Turismo de México (Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico)- Mexico

The Red Indígena de Turismo de México (Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico) promotes a self-reliance approach to indigenous community development, emphasising sustainable livelihoods in communities working for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The organization, primarily focused on ecotourism and microenterprises, mobilises indigenous communities through

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Réseau de Développement de Réserves naturelles Communautaires (REDERC, Community Nature Reserve Development Network)- Benin

The Réseau de Développement de Réserves naturelles Communautaires (REDERC, Community Nature Reserve Development Network) originated in the community of Papatia, which established the Botanical Garden of Papatia in response to rapid depletion of local natural resources. The organization unites traditional healers, beekeepers, farmers, women's groups, and students, from diffe

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Reserva y Ecolodge Kapawi (Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve)- Ecuador

Reserva y Ecolodge Kapawi (Kapawi Ecolodge) is a highly successful community-based ecotourism initiative in the southeastern Ecuadorian Amazon that is wholly operated by local Achuar communities through the Complejo Ecoturistico Kapawi Sociedad Anonima, a limited company that employs 32 staff at the reserve and in two urban offices. Founded by a private tour operator in 1995, the enterprise was

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Sociedade Civil Mamirauá- Brazil

This group currently co-manages the Mamirauá and Amaña Reserves, covering a combined total of 3.5 million hectares of flooded tropical forest and wetlands in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Founded in 1992, the initiative is an environmental policy and research body that brings together academic institutes and local communities in the sustainable management of the area's wetland resources

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South Central People's Development Association- Guyana

A federation of Wapichan communities in Guyana, South Central People's Development Association has developed an innovative land use plan and a 'living digital map' of their traditional lands to promote secure land rights and socioecological resilience. Community mapping teams create territorial maps that are used to make land claims and devise collective land use plans for the forest, mountain,

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Swazi Indigenous Products (SIP)- Swaziland

Swazi Indigenous Products is a member-owned natural seed oil enterprise that provides jobs and income to local women, while also protecting the ecosystems of the Lubombo region of the country.  Local women are supported to sustainably cultivate and collect wild marula, trichilia, and ximenia tree seeds.  The women-led initiative also runs a tree-planting program and offers environmental educa

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Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA)- Solomon Islands

Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA) officially represents the legal owners of Tetepare Island, the largest uninhabited island in the tropical Pacific and one of the last remaining unlogged tropical islands in world.  To resist pressures from industrial logging companies, the association has created ‘community conservation agreements’ whereby indigenous landholders are

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Tmatboey Community Protected Area Committee- Cambodia

The village of Tmatboey comprises 236 families, some from the Kui minority ethnic group, and lies within Preah Vihear province, in the remote Northern Plains of Cambodia. The plains of Preah Vihear are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Giant Ibis and White-Shouldered Ibis – both critically endangered species; in total, the area supports 50 species on the IUCN Red List, and i

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Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)- Belize

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) partners with local communities to promote sustainable income generation and co-management of both forest and marine resources in the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor, a conservation area covering approximately 739,650 acres of land and the equivalent of 100,000 acres of sea.

From its volunteer-led beginning, TIDE has grown to include

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Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program- Papua New Guinea

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program manages a community conservation area and locally-owned forest, the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea. The locally-driven initiative undertakes a range of activities to protect the watershed and provide the local population with sustainable livelihoods. The conservation area covers 78,729 hectares of habitat, protecting endemic and endangered wildlife

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Trowel Development Foundation- Philippines

Trowel Development Foundation is a community-based organization employing climate-adapted aquaculture technology to replant mangroves. Mangrove reforestation efforts have focused on planting native tree species in strategic areas, resulting in restored marine biodiversity, food security, and protection of coastal areas.

The initiative also works to increase local incomes and improve liv

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TRY Oyster Women's Association- Gambia

TRY Oyster Women's Association brings together 500 female oyster harvesters from across 15 villages in the Greater Banjul area.  Harvesters are clustered into cooperatives where they exchange sustainable oyster harvesting techniques and receive training in small-scale enterprise development.  Cooperatives have ensured access to appropriate equipment and technologies, set higher standa

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Ukuzaji Wa Asali Arica (Honey Care Africa)- Kenya

Ukuzaji Wa Asali Arica (Honey Care Africa), Honey Care Africa is a social enterprise that strives to raise incomes for rural Kenyan farmers through apiculture. Taking advantage of a tradition of beekeeping as a supplementary source of food and cash income for Kenyan farmers, the enterprise has sought to improve the productivity and viability of this sustainable livelihood activity as

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Union Soamitambatra- Madagascar

Union Soamitambatra is using a traditional consensus-based Malagasy governance system, known as fokonolona, and community social contracts, known as dina, to regenerate the Badika forest and its surrounding lakes. Working with 6,589 people across ten villages, the union brings together community user groups, technical experts, municipal government, and private sector partners

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Wanang Conservation Area- Papua New Guinea

Developed in response commercial logging pressures and a lack of public services, the Wanang Conservation Area is an alliance of ten indigenous, rainforest-dwelling clans that together protect 10,000 hectares of forest for biodiversity research, carbon storage, and sustainable livelihoods. The initiative maintains a 'forest dynamics plot', where they have planted more than 280,000 trees to stud

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Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS)- Ghana

This community-managed wildlife sanctuary consists of a 34-km stretch of riverine forest, floodplain, and savannah woodland along the Black Volta River, in northwestern Ghana. Created in 1998 in response to the decline of hippopotami in the region due to high levels of hunting, the sanctuary has used revenue from ecotourism to deliver infrastructure investments for the residents of its seventee

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West Africa Initiative of Liberia (WAIOL)- Liberia

West Africa Initiative of Liberia (WAIOL) promotes apiculture, snail raising, and the planting of multi-purpose tree species to improve the livelihood options of unemployed rural farmers.  Local farmers are provided with training in all three livelihood activities and provided with a starter kit containing beehives, snail cages, basic carpentry tools, and moringa tree seedlings. From an in

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Wuasikamas, el Modelo del Pueblo Inga en Aponte- Colombia

In the midst of armed conflict, the Inga indigenous peoples of Aponte  a population of 3,600 successfully fought to recover their sovereignty and rights ove

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