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
Last Forests: Indian Forest Food
Rattan: linking producers to the market