28 December 2011 zichtbaarzijn

By Jochem Schneemann

Congo Basin Program The Congo Basin Program (CBP) is part of the Tropical Timber Program of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) which aims to accelerate the sustainable production and trade of tropical timber. The CBP supports concession holders on their way to responsible forest management and the certification thereof. The CBP is a true partnership program, working in close collaboration with WWF/GFTN, ICCO/FSAS, FSC Netherlands and FSC national offices. For more information you can visit the website of CBP: www.congobasinprogram.com

Forestry Forestry is one of the specialisations of FSAS with emphasis on the social side of forestry working on subjects as community forestry, organisation of small producers of timber and non-timber products, and business planning. FSAS has extensive experience in the region, especially Cameroon and DRC where it also has a strong network with multiple local NGOs involved.

FSAS and Congo Basin Program In the framework of the Congo Basin Program, FSAS will be responsible for the further development of the buddy-system which is designed to facilitate capacity building by coupling large, experienced service providers (companies and NGOs) with less experienced, developing service providers. Further, FSAS will concentrate on the identification of small producers and community foresters that are ready to either 1. enter a semi-commercial partnership with a forestry company e.g. to get easier access to the export market, or 2. to become FSC certified themselves. If there is a good business case, FSAS can also assist these community foresters getting access to finance.

Contact The main point of contact of FSAS is Jochem Schneemann, consultant market and value chain development. He is anxious to start his activities for the Congo Basin Program: “I am very eager to seek and find matches between logging companies and community foresters that will benefit both parties. The worldwide trend is that communities have an increasing role to play in sustainable forest management. Therefore it is crucial to find ways of building effective and lasting partnerships. The Congo Basin Program offers an excellent opportunity to develop practical examples of such multi stakeholder cooperation“.

E-mail: jochem.schneemann@fairandsustainable.nl Mobile: +31 (0) 6 835 981 94

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