Project Fact Sheet




Establish the Self-Sustaining Model for Community Forest Harvesting [2014P2-PNG]


Foundation for People and Community Development, Inc.


Papua New Guinea Forest Authority


10 months, April 2014 –Jan 2015


To improve livelihoods and/or enhance quality of life for the participating communities through sustainable forestry practices.


  • Establish the path and business model(s) that would allow community sawmilling to become independently viable, attractive and sustainable.
  • Engaging PNG Forest Industry, Forest Authority, communities and saw millers, to identify the business model(s) that could be commercially self-sustaining, improve the livelihoods of communities, generate new skills that are both technical and business orientated and founded on sustainable forestry practices.


  • Get hold of written materials including reports and making contacts with key stakeholders.  This will require internet search, phones calls, emails and all relevant means of communications to get the necessary data required.
  • Develop a database and or reference list of practitioners and materials that will help in contributing to achieving specific objective 1.
  • Prepare a report documenting the principles, resources and activities required in engaging in community sawmilling, highlighting the successes and failures (if any).
  • Draft report circulated to key stakeholders both within PNG and abroad for review. This will include a workshop at PNGFA where PNG based key stakeholder’s will be invited to attend.
  • Follow the workshop, devise and document business model options.
  • Report finalized, printed and distributed as needed.
  • FPCD will take the lead in making contact with key stakeholders (getting names of contact persons) and programme involved in the sector. Relevant and appropriate means of communications will be made to the respective stakeholders including field visits where necessary.
  • A data base will be created to store basic information about the stakeholders and their respective activities.
  • Visits will be made to key stakeholders in the field by FPCD staff. The main agenda for discussions will be presentations of various commercial business models available.
  • Conduct a half day workshop at PNGFA conference room, where various commercial business models will be presented for discussions. Key stakeholders will be invited to participate.
  • Write the report and the recommendations for the way forward. The lead agent will be the expert engaged to do this work.


  • Identification of practitioners that PNG can learn from. This includes reports, activities, locations and contacts both locally and internationally.
  • A report summarizing the findings from a desk top review of the international literature on community sawmilling, where it has been successful and why. Business models that are likely to be attractive to PNG communities devised based on the findings.
  • Confirmation/Network of key stakeholders/participants involved in this work including the participating community forestry practitioners.
  • Engaging communities will establish what commercial model(s) exists that improves livelihoods, offers the opportunity to learn new skills and sustains the forest ecosystem.