Just under 20% of the worlds population live around the Tropical rainforests of the world, many of these communities are extremely poor and highly reliant upon the resources that the Rainforest ecosystem may provide. A well managed relationship as seen in a number of indigenous community groups . Such as the traditional land use systems of Sri Lanka that support and in some cases improves the local ecosystem. Unfortunately urbanization and a demand for modern needs have seen this relationship change over the past few decades.
How do we balance human need (development) with environmental need?
The opportunity of striking this balance has been successfully realized through improved design using Analog forestry principles in resource production areas, to maximize output and diversify crop rotation. Community managed lands can be developed for augmented production based on community, economic and climatic need using these methodologies.
All Analog forest Farmers and producers have the opportunity to be certified as;
- Farmers and farm groups using organic farming practices.
- Farmers and farm groups that restore biodiversity habitat upon their land.
- Farmers and farm groups that engage in reforestaion actions using Analog forestry.
By successful certification the farmers meet beyond organic and biodiversity friendly standards of production,
Certification to farmers and farm groups is provided by Forest Garden Products Inspectorate and Certification(FGPIC) and is recognized in global markets.