With the project "ForInfo: Livelihood Improvement Through Generation and Ownership of Forest Information by Local People in Products and Services Markets" funded by the Ministry for Foreirgn Affairs of Finland finishing by end of 2015, results of the project's activities in Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Vietnam are summarized in various publications and videos below. With the help of government partners, the ForInfo project was able to:
- establish best practices for generating information about forest resources;
- test best practices in susutainable forestry managment, alternative community forestry modalities, appropriate harvesting technologies for teak and bamboo and fuelwood supply and demand analysis at pilot sites;
- develop mechanisms to share information and data throughout the region through learning group workshops;
- assess the role of information management in local people's access to benefits; and
- share field-tested methodologies throughout the Mekong region and beyond.
ForInfo has also trained local people to generate quality information about their forest resources, allowing them to better access markets for their products and services. This process has given them ownership over the information and allows them to play a more active role in improving the benefits they receive, improving their ability to generate and use information about forest resources that can contribute to poverty reduction, the sustainability of forests, global efforts to mitigate climate change, and better abilities of communities to adapt to climate change.
The following resource materials are as follows: