A New Agenda For Forest Conservation and Poverty Reduction:

Making Markets Work for Low-Income Producers

Posted: 26 August 2004

Author: Sara J. Scherr, Andy White, and David Kaimowitz
Forest Trends, CIFOR- Center for International Forestry Research, IUCN- The World Conservation Union, 2004, price not listed.

The future of the world's forests and the future of millions of the world's poorest people are inextricably linked. More than a billion mostly poor people now live within the world's 19 forest biodiversity "hotspots" and over 90 per cent of those who live on less than a dollar a day depend fully or in part on forest products for their livelihoods.

The dominant forestry models are increasingly inappropriate in the face of this reality. A fundamental re-assessment of the role of forests in rural development, and the role of local people in forest conservation, is urgently needed.

The authors of this title lay out a set of strategies to promote forest market development in ways that positively contribute to local livelihoods and community development in low- and middle-income countries.