Forests have generously supported indigenous peoples and communities with resources such as non-timber forest products (NTFPs). These community-based enterprises have helped not only in sustaining the daily livelihoods of communities as additional income but also in securing rights to the forests and develop management systems towards sustainable and profitable harvesting of forest resources. However, community enterprise initiatives are oftentimes substandard to meet market needs or, lack the links to their proper market.
The use of NTFP and low impact forest product enterprise development is a strategy for income generation. We envision community-based enterprises as a means to not only enhance livelihoods but also to increase economic benefits to households and to promote a sustainable resource management system in the communities’ livelihoods.
Local marketing intermediaries have been set up to provide access and direct link for the community partners to the buyers. Following the principles of fair trade, these social entrepreneurship arms have provided incentives not for the local partners, but also to the global market in envisioning a greener economy.