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Green Trade Organizations: Striving for Fair Benefits from Trade in Non-wood Forest Products

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Dürbeck, Klaus
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 50
Page(s): 9-11
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8399
Sector: Forestry
Subject(s): sustainability
forest products
Abstract: "A sampling of organizations and alliances that bring together producers and traders committed to ecological, economic and social sustainability. Green trade organizations aim to secure sustainable supply systems and to ensure benefits to local people from national, regional and international trade. These organizations promote trade practices that adhere to the principles of sustainable development in all its facets: ecological sustainability (use and conservation), economic sustainability (productivity) and social sustainability (equity). The main handicap of those involved in production and trade of non-wood forest products (NWFPs). from indigenous peoples' associations to private-sector enterprises, is the lack of market information and market access and the difficulty of obtaining information on appropriate processing technologies for their products. Green trade organizations can help improve access to national and/or international markets for NWFP producers, especially those in developing countries, and at the same time provide guidance on increasing added value for their agricultural and forest products. In addition, they can assist in the export of products, thus helping to provide foreign exchange for the home country."

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