Supporting smallholders in the forest sector to work sustainably

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make up 80–90% of forest enterprises in most timber-producing countries. These MSMEs play a key role in rural economies, generate jobs and can be part of the solution to reducing deforestation and forest degradation. Under its Forest Smallholders Project, the European Forest Institute (EFI) is supporting wood-based MSMEs in four Mekong countries to operate legally and sustainably.

Testing solutions in our pilots

Promoting gender equality

Gender equality through women’s economic empowerment and participation is enshrined in the national regulatory and policy frameworks of Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. These national frameworks are the countries’ efforts to fulfill binding obligations and voluntary commitments to various international standards.

Monruedee Taemduem poses next to the tree she tagged.Somporn Khongthanakrittakorn

The road to equal opportunities in Thailand’s forest sector: Women engage in tree planting and timber processing for sustainable livelihoods

A training organised by the Forest Smallholders Project of the European Forest Facility (EFI) in a small village of the Lampang Province north of Thailand has provided women with the skills they need to engage in family timber businesses and play more diverse roles, thereby contributing to more sustainable livelihoods.

Strengthening the operations of micro, small and medium wood processing enterprises through Good Manufacturing Practices

This briefing explains how Good Manufacturing Practices can increase the competitiveness and resilience of wood processing MSMEs and provide incentives for them to adopt legal and sustainable sourcing and processing practices. It is based on the experience of the European Forest Institute’s Forest Smallholders Project.
Reclaimed timber trader, ThailandEuropean Forest Institute

Promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the Mekong region’s small-scale forest sector

Women play significant roles in the sustainable management of forests and in forest-related businesses. However, women often do not benefit equally. This briefing analyses the challenges women in four Mekong countries face and identifies how gender equality in the small-scale forest sector can be pursued.

Resources

Training materials

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices can increase the competitiveness and resilience of MSMEs and provide incentives for them to adopt legal and sustainable sourcing and processing practices. Good Manufacturing Practices enable MSMEs to achieve continuous business operations.

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices can increase the competitiveness and resilience of MSMEs and provide incentives for them to adopt legal and sustainable sourcing and processing practices. Good Manufacturing Practices enable MSMEs to achieve continuous business operations.

Strengthening the ability of smallholders in the Mekong region forest sector to operate legally and sustainably

This event will bring to life experiences and lessons learned from tackling the challenges smallholders face to operate legally and sustainably in the forest sector in the Mekong region. The event will explore ways to strengthen the technical and operational skills of smallholders and create an enabling environment for them to contribute to forest governance, rural livelihoods and gender equality.

Strengthening the ability of smallholders in the Mekong region forest sector to operate legally and sustainably

This event will bring to life experiences and lessons learned from tackling the challenges smallholders face to operate legally and sustainably in the forest sector in the Mekong region. The event will explore ways to strengthen the technical and operational skills of smallholders and create an enabling environment for them to contribute to forest governance, rural livelihoods and gender equality.