The New Generation Plantations (NGP) Smallholders Fieldshop, is hosted by WWF Vietnam and organised in collaboration with the FSC New Approaches for Smallholders and Communities Certification (New Approaches) project.
NGP defends, well-designed and sustainably managed forest plantations have enormous potential to tackle some of the biggest global challenges. However, they will only be successful if they are supported and valued by a wide range of stakeholders, combine public financial support and commitment, with private sector investment and entrepreneurial ability, for the benefit of as many people as possible.
WWF’s on-the-ground work with smallholders shows that good business practices can protect forests and help economies grow at the same time. This is a powerful lesson, upending the narrative that developing economies must sacrifice their natural habitats to drive growth.
WWF-supported projects and local partners are helping communities significantly boost their incomes from products like rattan, acacia, rubber and bamboo while scaling up efforts to prevent unsustainable logging and hunting. At the same time, they have nurtured robust, forest-friendly and profitable local industries, creating success stories that can be used to convince others of the enormous benefits of saving natural forests.
The FSC ‘New Approaches for Smallholders and Communities Certification’ project aims to glean from the most successful elements of FSC’s experience in smallholders and communities certification and blend it with the best current innovations, tools and solutions, contributing to design an FSC certification system that suits different contexts.
This Fieldshop on smallholders aims to learn from successful stories, contributing to generate the capacity to the implementation of smallholders’ livelihoods and forestry projects, to discuss challenges and new ideas that trigger smallholders’ benefits as a result of FSC certification in the Great Mekong context.
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