Productive Landscapes: Community-Based Forestry Enterprises Indonesia Field Verification Report
ProLand is undertaking a series of field trips to validate a draft Sourcebook for USAID Missions on designing and implementing activities that incorporate community-based forestry enterprises (CBFEs) as an integral part of sustainable landscapes programming. The draft Sourcebook focuses specifically on CBFEs that engage in timber production. The field visits seek input from in-country USAID officers and local practitioners as well as other knowledgeable sources. The draft Sourcebook is based on ProLand’s “An assessment of critical enabling conditions for community-based forestry enterprises,” which identified four categories of critical enabling conditions required for successful CBFEs:
- Secure rights to develop, exclude others, and sell a forest product or service are important for long-term social enterprise investment. While these rights are the most basic policy requirement, other policies contribute to a robust enabling environment.
- Governance, organization, and management that provide effective leadership and technical knowledge to the CBFE, accountability to the community, and ensures the CBFE’s financial integrity.
- A viable social enterprise model1 that produces financial benefits sufficient to reinvest in forest and business management and growth, and provides economic benefits (though not necessarily cash) to the community as a whole.
- Partnerships with value chain actors to access external funding and technical support, help aggregate timber from several communities (or individual producers), market timber to buyers, and build/maintain infrastructure. These partners include national and local government, donors, civil society organizations, and private sector entities.