Below the forest canopy, many products are harvested and traded by communities and their community forest producer groups. These non-timber forest products (NTFP) significantly contribute to the livelihoods and incomes of approximately 1.3 billion people who depend on forest resources and services. Despite this importance of the NTFP trade, it often goes unnoticed compared to the very visible timber trade. 

 

Community-Based Non-Timber Forest Product Enterprises (CBNE) stimulates income generation for indigenous and rural communities and promotes conservation of natural resources through forest protection and sustainable harvest practices. Considering the growth of social forestry programs in South and Southeast Asia, the potential of CBNEs in the health and beauty, food, cosmetics, furniture and craft, textile and other industries are often overlooked as CBNEs are considered small players with little capacity, scale and market access. They often lack the organization and consolidation capacities that allow them to approach the market strategically and capitalize on their unique points of leverage. A dynamic and supportive political environment is still to be seen for these enterprises to become successful.

 

Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), recognizing the untapped potential of thousands of CBNEs across the region and their vast contribution to community well-being and forest conservation, will organize a forum to channel the public’s focus on CBNEs. The online forum will foster information exchange, capacity enhancement, market engagement, and political action in support of CBNEs. It will provide a venue for sharing, exchanging, partnering, and bringing the issues of the understory to light. It will be an opportunity for CBNEs to grow, connect and navigate in the new normal as attention and action are solicited from more sectors, more segments and more generations. 

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There will be three streams throughout the CBNE Forum: CAPACITY, CONNECTIVITY & CREATIVITY, and CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT. Make sure you register for sessions to ensure you receive notice on schedule changes and other information. Register.

Stream 1:
Capacity

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Learn and share experiences and practices in community-based enterprise development and management. Get up to speed on adapting to the new normal that result from the pandemic. Learn of the important role of CBNE women leaders. Find out about the future of CBNE capacity building and incubation. 

 
 
 

Stream 2: 
Connectivity and Creativity

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This stream will feature interactive events like the CBNE Hackathon, a collective problem-solving competition, and will have sessions on topics such as Participatory Certification and Sustainable Brands. Exploring opportunities for the youth, especially in seeking technological solutions and strategies to bridge gaps and create value, is also a target of this stream. A special market place page has been created as well so participants have access to products made by CBNEs and their partners. 

Stream 3: 
Conducive Environment

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CBNEs need supportive policies and research findings that help promote them and their products. Establishing sustainable NTFP protocols and mainstreaming CBNEs into Micro-Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) strategies of ASEAN are a start. Join these discussions to support CBNEs.

 
 
 
 
Community enterprise members and partner enterprise development officers from around the region share their tips for success.  
 
What tips for success would you share to community-based enterprises?  

 
As a way to support the CBNEs affected during the pandemic by generating sales for their products, we ask participants for a token registration fee. Registration Fee is converted to a voucher that can be redeemed to pay for products and delivery from the CBNEs and their marketing intermediaries participating in the Marketplace.  
 
Upon purchase of a ticket, you will be asked to choose a product from the Marketplace, so we advise you take a look at the Marketplace and check out the products before registering. The vendor will receive your details and be in touch with you to continue with your chosen product and delivery arrangements. 
 
 
How to Register to the Forest Harvest Community-Based NTFP Enterprise (CBNE) Forum 2021

Thank you for your interest in joining the Forest Harvest CBNE Forum 2021! We are excited to have you on board as there are so many interesting sessions, features and activities to choose from.
 
FIRST STEP
You can join as a free participant if you are a member of a CBNE, if you are a student, if you are a speaker or moderator at the forum, or if you are already collaborating with us by supporting the forum in various ways. Please choose the category to which you belong.
 
SECOND STEP
For CBNEs and students, complete the online registration by filling in the fields. Then you will be directed to the Member Area. 
For the speakers, moderators and collaborators, complete the online registration by filling in the fields. You will need to provide your partner code to be able to complete your registration. Speakers, moderators and collaborators will all be given codes by the secretariat which they need to enter into the partner code field while registering. Then you will be directed to the Member Area. 
 
THIRD STEP
At the Member Area, choose the sessions you would like to attend. This is very important so that we can organize an interpreter for you if needed (we are providing interpretation in at least 5 languages for the forum; please see the home page). Selecting your sessions is also important as we are designing the sessions based on the demographics and number of participants in each session.
 
Congratulations, you have finished registration!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Forest Harvest CBNE Forum 2021! We are excited to have you on board as there are so many interesting sessions, features and activities to choose from.
 
FIRST STEP
If you do not qualify in any of the categories of Free Participants, no worries. You can join the forum by choosing to purchase a USD 10 ticket or a USD 20 ticket. The benefits and inclusions of joining with either ticket is explained on the registration page.  These payments will not go to running the online forum but will give you a voucher to be redeemed with the accredited vendors of community products at the Marketplace section of the website. 
 
SECOND STEP
You may choose to pay through
a) pay pal from any country or by
b) bank transfer to accounts in either Indonesia, Cambodia or the Philippines. 
 
Direct transfer to Indonesian bank account
Account name : PT Lamin Betang Persada
Bank name : Mandiri
Account no : 1270006845620

Direct transfer to Philippines bank account
Account name : Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme, Inc.
Bank name : Bank of the Philippines (BPI)
Account no : 1991009694

Direct transfer to Cambodian bank account
Bank Account Name: NTFP-EP CORE
Bank Name: J Trust Royal Bank
Bank Account Number: 1056112

Details will be provided once order is confirmed. Please send us proof of payment to cbneforum2021@ntfp.org
 
THIRD STEP
Complete the online registration by filling in the fields. Then you will be directed to the Member Area.
 
FOURTH STEP
At the Member Area, choose the sessions you would like to attend. This is very important so that we can organize an interpreter for you if needed (we are providing interpretation in at least 5 languages for the forum; please see the home page). Selecting your sessions is also important as we are designing the sessions based on the demographics and number of participants in each session.
 
Congratulations, you have finished registration! You may then return to the Member Area to claim your voucher and choose your vendor.

Free Ticket

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  • Community-Based NTFP Enterprise, Students, Organizations with Partner Codes, and community groups are able to join the 5-day forum for free.  Please indicate Student ID number or Partner Code in the space provided.

Forum Only Package US $10

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  • Access for all sessions during the five-day forum in June 2021. 
  • Purchase of this ticket will allow you to redeem products of up to $7 from any one accredited vendor in the Marketplace.
  • The balance of $3 can be used towards the cost of delivery of the product $2.50 as well as the cost of the payment gateway charges of $0.5. 
  • The FH CBNE Forum organizers will only pay for up to $7 for the product and up to $3 for the total cost of delivery ($2.50 and payment gateway charges $0.50); any exceeding amounts will be paid by the registrant directly to the vendor. 

     Register Here

Full package US $20

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  • Access for all sessions during the five-day forum in June 2021
  • All FH CBNE Forum ongoing events until December 2021
  • Purchase of this ticket will allow you to redeem products of up to $14 from any one accredited vendor in the Marketplace.
  • The balance of $6 can be used towards the cost of delivery of the product ($5.50) and the cost of the payment gateway charges ($0.5). 
  • The FH CBNE Forum organizers will only pay for up to $14 for the product and up to $ 6 for combined cost of the delivery ($5.50) and payment gateway charges ($0.50); any exceeding amounts will be paid by the registrant directly to the vendor. 

     Register Here

If you want your products to be included in the Marketplace, click here.  
 
Community-based non- timber forest product enterprises (CBNE) are forest economic units or small businesses based on NTFPs that are owned and managed by indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) resulting in increased income, improved community well-being and enhanced forest ecosystem management. Explore the CBNEs from around the region by country or type of NTFP and discover new products and communities 
To see products for purchase from these CBNEs, visit the Marketplace.   
If you are a CBNE and would like to be included in the CBNE Gallery, click here.

If you are a forest economic unit or small business based on NTFPs which are owned and managed by indigenous peoples and local communities resulting in increased income, improved community well-being and enhanced forest ecosystem management, then you are a CBNE.

If your organization is community-based, owned and managed, and you trade NTFP-based products then you can be included in the CBNE Gallery. Send  your CBNE information including (1) name of the enterprise, (2) contact person, (3) email address and contact number (4) website, social media links, (5) two to three lines describing your CBNE or products and what makes them unique, and (6) three to five photos that show your members, your products, and production photo to cbneforum2021@ntfp.org or sign up with this link: https://forms.office.com/r/G2bAAExGeK

Only in partnership with a CBNE and with CBNE as lead where it is clear how the startup will assist the CBNE.

Participants may request for certificates of participation from the forum secretariat. They may request the same by emailing to cbneforum2021@ntfp.org
The secretariat will only provide digital copies of the certificate.
The certificates will be released 1-2 weeks after the end of the forum.

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