Sustaining Forests for All

Well-managed forests have the potential to reduce poverty, spur economic development and contribute to a healthy local and global environment. The Program on Forests (PROFOR) is a multi-donor partnership that generates and shares innovative knowledge that supports this vision: sustaining forests for all. Learn More


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A Crystal Ball for Forests: Using Today’s Indicators to Predict Tomorrow’s Impacts

Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion people - the majority of whom subsist on less than $1.25 per day - depend directly on forests for their livelihoods. Therefore, it would seem clear that programs to restore and maintain forests must also contribute to poverty alleviation. But is this true, and if so, how do we know? To help close this knowledge gap, a World Bank team received PROFOR funding to develop a set of Predictive Proxy Indicators (PPIs) – measures of progress made while a project or policy is still ongoing, but that provide a forecast for a longer-term impact.  

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