The TFT Community Forests handbook is based on TFT’s seven years of experience working with smallholders to set up group certification systems in remote and diverse settings. It is designed to provide simple and practical solutions to the most common challenges smallholders face when trying to achieve group certification.
The information presented here is general in nature; its implementation should be adjusted according to local conditions. Criticisms and suggestions from readers are welcome, and will be used to improve and adapt this guide to address real-world conditions and experiences.
It is hoped that this book will be useful not only as a guide for NGO’s and forest managers, but also as a topic for further discussions to improve best practices and increase forest dependent communities’ role in sustainably managing the world’s forests.