In Lamphun province near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand a 20-year-old wooden house is being demolished. The workers are dismantling the house piece by piece, rescuing all teak wood. Currently there is a booming domestic market for reclaimed timber in Thailand. It is increasingly contributing to the local economy and has become an important source of livelihood for household businesses in the wood sector.
About the Forest Smallholders Project
Since 2016, the European Forest Institute (EFI) has been supporting wood-based micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in four Mekong countries to operate legally and sustainably. Under its Forest Smallholders Project, EFI has been testing solutions to MSMEs’ key challenges in pilot projects. Lessons learnt from these pilots are documented and disseminated nationally, regionally and internationally. Through its support to MSMEs, the Project promotes gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the forest sector.
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