We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for everyone who attended the CBNE Forum 2021: A Season of Learning last 13-14 October 2021. With over 330+ participants joining us in the various sessions throughout the two-day event, the forum has been a succesful avenue for learning, sharing and connecting CBNEs and supporters from all around the world.

Stay tuned for updates as we will be uploading the recordings, documentations and speaker presentations from the forum here.

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. 

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 or sign up with this link:

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
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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