Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate a comprehensive range of development agenda encompassing economic, social and environmental concerns. This synergy of policy and practice is best illustrated in community forestry projects where grassroots people participation is most essential not just for conservation but also income generation and livelihood support. In this paper which is divided into two main parts, there is an attempt to define the policy environment, as well as through a case study from Malaysia to illustrate the implementation through dynamic collective action by local communities. This further illustrates the potential of social solidarity economy in the implementation of SDGs. Part One, sets the context of development planning and policies including sustainable forest management. Part Two, is the Malaysian case study where the native indigenous local communities are directly involved in conservation and income generation in a sustainable way. There are many lessons from the Malaysian case study for SDG implementation, drawing principles and relevance of SDGs, targets and indicators in an innovative and people-centred approach with a strong collective ownership reflecting solidarity economy.