Community Livelihood Assessment and Product Scanning (CLAPS): First Steps to Community-Based NTFP Enterprise Development


Community Livelihood Assessment and Product Scanning (CLAPS) aims to provide communities and organizations with an approach and tools in identifying and selecting products and services with high enterprise development potential. The course will also assess the readiness of communities in setting up viable community forest enterprises. The crucial steps from starting an assessment of the livelihood situation and scanning potential products to evaluation of resources, assessing community readiness and prioritizing and mapping key non-timber forest products (NTFPs) will be taught in this training.


At the end of the course, the participants are expected to have an understanding and basic knowledge in using the following tools:

  • Sustainable livelihood assessment tool
  • Enterprise readiness assessment
  • Resource scanning and mapping and market assessment
  • Product/Service identification and prioritization


The training consists of a combination of structured learning exercises , lecture discussions, workshops, and a field visit.

Trainee participants

Community enterprise practitioners, NGOs supporting Community-Based NTFP Enterprises (CBNE) and other natural resource based enterprises managed by communities (coastal products and services based) and government staff with the mandate to support CBNEs, especially those that will actively support the establishment of CBNEs.

Training Venue

The sessions will be held in Bidoup Núi Bà National Park in Lam Dong province, Vietnam.


The course will run for a total of five days: 3 days of lectures, 1 day of field workshop and 1 day of processing and preparing a re-entry plan from 10-14 February 2020.

  • Day 0 Feb 9: Arrival in training venue/Registration and Orientation
  • Day 1 Feb 10: Sustainable Livelihood Analysis and Enterprise Readiness Assessment
  • Day 2 Feb 11: Resource and Market Scanning
  • Day 3 Feb 12: Identification of Sustainable NTFPs and Product/Service
  • Day 4 Feb 13: Field Workshop
  • Day 5 Feb 14: Processing, Re-entry Planning and Closing Ceremonies

Course Fee

Regular Package Rate for the 5-day training includes participation fee, course materials, field visits, meals for the duration of the training, accommodation (twin room sharing for 6 nights) is USD 795/person

  • Discounts are available for group registration of at least 2 participants or to a limited number of participants coming from small, local organizations. Contact us to discuss possible discounts.
  • For participants requiring a single room, an additional amount of 15 USD per night will be charged

Schedule: 10-14 February 2020
Venue: Bidoup Núi Bà National Park, Lam Dong province, Vietnam