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Forests are us - Where Big Smallholders and Women Roar

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21 September 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand - Representatives from WWF-Thailand Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), fundraising, and the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape transboundary coordinator joined the FSC-GMP coordinator to present success stories from their work with local people at the People and Forest Forum 2018, hosted by RECOFT. The theme of the event was Forests Are US! Why Forests Matter, with a focus on Empowering Women. At Suan Plearn Market (Suan Plearn means Chill Park) 25 booths were set up where local people from all over Asean countries sold forestry based environmentally friendly products that support local enterprises and indigenous women empowerment. At the WWF-Thailand booth, a female rubber farmer shared how women can move towards sustainable forest management. With the support of WWF-Laos, the FSC-GMP booth brought FSC rattan and bamboo products from Bolikhamxay, Laos. WWF-Thailand had a wonderful time meeting Cambodian colleagues who participated in the scientific workshop that was held the next day.
 
On stage, Regan, the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape Transboundary coordinator, gave a Ted-Talk style presentation addressing the question Do we realise just how important forests are?” Ms. Kobrat from FSC-GMP also participated in a panel discussion about “what and how FSC can help strengthen women's groups in Laos” in order to produce sustainable rattan products that can be exported to Europe, while improving women’s livelihoods and building self-confidence.
 
At forest reliance we learned that  we are not alone. We are so proud to work across countries, regions, and organisations. Together, when we make apparent how priceless the benefits of forests are , we can make a difference.

Sue – Forestry Project, WWF-Thailand – Aug 30, 2018
 
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