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The Impacts of Technical Assistance on a Community Forest Enterprise: The Case of San Bernardino de Milpillas Chico, Mexico

This report describes work undertaken to improve community forest enterprise competitiveness in Mexico as a means to local economic development and forest conservation.

Over a three-year period, the Rainforest Alliance facilitated increased investment while providing technical assistance in value-added processing for a medium-sized indigenous community forestry operation in the northern state of Durango. As a result, a failing forest enterprise has been transformed into a profitable one, increasing community control down the value chain and generating increased employment opportunities, resulting in better forest management.

Burning Peruvian forest - photo by Mohsin Kazmi

Forests are falling at an alarming rate.

Each minute, 50 acres are destroyed.