MSMEs play a critical role in meeting the growing demand for timber products worldwide. In many countries, they represent around 85% of all forestry enterprises and can support the fight against illegality by providing a source of legal, traceable timber. In an upcoming webinar, the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme and the European Forest Institute (EFI) will host a discussion on how support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can improve forest governance and livelihoods.
Over the last decade, the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme and EFI have supported MSMEs to operate legally and sustainably. The joint webinar will explore how this support has improved market access and enhanced the competitiveness of MSMEs, while reducing their vulnerability to shifts on the international and domestic market.
Panellists will offer perspectives from Asia, Africa and Latin America on building MSME capacity to operate legally and sustainably, integrating MSMEs into legal supply chains, and helping these enterprises to overcome barriers to formalisation.
The discussion will be moderated by Sheam Satkuru, Director of Operations for the International Tropical Timber Organisation.