A major area of work at CSRC is exploring the ways forest-based enterprises can be developed to support the sustainable management of tropical forests. The goal is to make the forests a competitive land use which can “pay its way”. Work here has focused on the application of Participatory Forest Management and the development of non-timber forest products in south-west Ethiopia, but is also exploring the use of PFM in Malawi, and charcoal and honey production in Zambia.
The focus of this work is on supporting government and communities to develop clear arrangements for forest use and management. This includes the rights and responsibilities of communities, which form the basis of the revenue streams they are able to develop. Exploring how to improve the value chains for forest products and develop appropriate institutional arrangements in communities and at higher levels have been key areas of work to date.
Forest fringe clearing for agriculture, south-west Ethiopia
There are two major projects which have established the CSRC work in this area:
Web pages explaining these projects follow.