Results

Precious forests in all over the world are paving way for industrial plantations at an alarming rate. Many people perceive this as the only way to develop local economies and communities. But does this assumption hold true? Can development only take place at cost of the environment?

Our answer is: no. Forests can be productive without compromising the environment and local communities' dignity. One example showcasing this is Borneo Chic, a brand of heritage handbags produced by indigenous Dayak communities in Kalimantan. By offering a commercial product that enables Dayak people to employ locally available resources, Borneo Chic proves how modernity, tradition, forest conservation and entrepreneurship can meet each other in harmony.

Another example showcasing this is a tea-estate in Sri Lanka. By changing the production system from monoculture tea into an Analog Forest tea estate, both the production increased in volume and quality since the tea is cultivated in the rehabilitated sub-forests and soils.

Below you can find a summary of our projects focussing on existing forests and local communities or regeneration of degraded areas into productive ecosystems.

Promoting forest enterprises

Rights, Resources and Revenues for NTFP livelihoods

Asia

Last Forests: Indian Forest Food

India

Conservation, Livelihoods and Enterprise Development                

India

Dorsata Honey: Sustainable production and branding 

Indonesia

Borneo Chic: High-end crafts from Kalimantan                           

Indonesia

Rattan: linking producers to the market     

Indonesia

Enterprise and advocacy support 

Philippines

Modi: Modern Indigenous crafts from the forests

Philippines

Restoration of degraded areas

CAFON trained in Analog Forestry

Cameroon

Turning cattle grassland into a forest garden

Costa Rica

Worldwide Analog Forestry support                                                 

Costa Rica

Treehouse Training Centre

Honduras

Tea Estate: from monoculture to forest estate

Sri Lanka

Belipola Training Centre      

Sri Lanka