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Bharti Institute of Public Policy is thrilled to partner with Centre for Responsible Business in the Annual Conference - India Sustainability Standards 2020 and will host its plenary session "Towards a Responsible Forest Economy". This session will initiate a dialogue on the forest based economy and develop an action plan for a responsible forest economy. Additionally, it will also help in achieving the below mentioned goals:
Develop a business case for community tenureship of forest resources and lands
Analyse the existing policy landscape vis-à-vis the need for policies to enable the growth of a sustainable forest-based economy
Explore various partnership models engaging forest-based communities, forest-based enterprises and buyers/businesses – the opportunities and challenge
Discuss the role that sustainability standards have played/can play to enable benefits to forest-based communities and enterprises
Conversation with Prof Ashwini Chhatre to understand the value chains in a forest based economy - the different stakeholders, their roles and importance, challenges and opportunities.
ISB and CRB partnership program for securing community tenure in India focusing on gender sustainability
Towards a Responsible Forest Economy
Key Highlights of the session
A stakeholder economy that promotes legal representation and shared value of communities is fundamental for a responsible forest based economy.
The economic model should be based on innovation (technology solutions) and collaboration with government, business and communities for commodities that provide well informed alternatives for consumers.
State agencies dealing with tribal, forest and rural communities facilitate construction of value chains whereby communities’ benefit from forest management and support responsible consumerism.
A diversified network of agencies at regional, state and national level , both public and private can incentivise investments and enable knowledge sharing to build a global market for minor forest produce.
Strengthening and leveraging multi-sectoral connections spanning across different sectors is key to expanding and upscaling.
Securing trust for livelihood and resource security between producers and businesses and further with the consumers is possible through digital technology, responsible market linkages and scientific resource management.
· Implementing Tenure security will enable communities to play a central role as primary stakeholders of the forest based economy and also create a strong sense of environmental stewardship in economic development.
· Several partnership models between the State and business groups working with communities limited to specific landscapes across the country need to be better documented, assessed, disseminated and upscaled.
· The scale of demand and supply requires resource mapping and grassroot alliance between aggregators that are trained and enabled with adequate technology.
· Policies need to streamline and incentivize investments in minor forest produce catering the common as well as localized SDGs for the people and forests.
· Academia and institutional support from organizations like BIPP-ISB and CRB can forge and catalyze the partnerships through scientific and business research required to build the skeleton of the potential value chains and governance systems discussed in the session.