Our Method

Rich Forests encourages trade in forest products. Think of rattan, honey, bamboo, fruits and nuts, but also coffee, tea and spices. Trade in these products enables people to earn an income by leaving the forest standing instead of clearing it. A win-win situation for people and nature. We also promote markets for the services that forests provide, such as the filtering of underground water. In this way the end users of these services pay a fair price for sustainable forest management by local communities.

We are not only interested in protecting existing forests, but also in the restoration of degraded areas. We tackle this restoration through a unique method, called analog forestry. Analog forestry enables forests to grow on bare lands. The products that these forests generate can be sold by local farmers and businesses as well as by international companies. The landscape becomes liveable and productive once again and offers plant and animal species a new home.

Rich Forests teams up with local people with a vision. We link those people, with their experience and practical knowledge, to innovative entrepreneurs and others who are willing to invest in the trade of sustainable forest products. Click here to learn more about our approach

Non timber forest products

Millions of people who live in or near forests collect forest products, both for their own use and to sell at local markets. Selling non-timber forest products such as rattan, bamboo, medicinal plants and honey can generate a sustainable income – while the forest remains intact. More about NTFP's

Analog Forestry

There is a way to turn degraded areas back into diverse forests. In terms of vegetation structure and biodiversity these forests resemble the original forest, and they provide numerous valuable forest products too. The method to achieve this rehabilitation is called 'analog forestry.' More about Analog Forestry

Create net positive impact

Rich Forests helps companies to mitigate their negative impact on the environment, for instance by minimising the environmental pollution caused by their activities and production processes or by compensating for these. But we do more than just that. More about mitigation