AWG-SF approved the project proposal with the title “Capacity Building on Enhancing Resilience to Forest Fire, and Local Livelihood and Market Linkages”. The project main objective is to enhance the capacities of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) countries on the integrated management of forest fires for the conservation of natural resources, enhancement of local livelihood and, promotion of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The project will be implemented for period 1 November 2021- 31 December 2026 funded by ASEAN- Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF).
Community Forestry Enterprises (CFEs) particularly within social forestry context and landscape management approaches, can provide sustainable economic options for local communities where forest fire occurrence or potential is high. While CFEs have proven to add value to both local economies and larger value chains, CFEs have yet to be maximized in ASEAN’s plans for sustainable and equitable growth. Potential CFE markets within ASEAN are yet to be fully tapped and access to CFE capacity development programmes is disparate particularly for countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR and Vietnam. Hence, there is an urgent need in CLMV countries, to sustain local livelihoods and strengthen market linkages, and in turn, enhance resilience to forest fire and strengthen their forest management.