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May 30, 2004
How does the sustainable use and conservation of forests benefit poor people? And to what extent are such benefits reflected in national poverty reduction strategies and economic planning processes? So far, reference to forests in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers has been more rhetorical than operational. In reality, foresters and conservationists have failed to make a compelling case to policy makers in government finance ministries and development agencies on the contribution that forest conservation makes towards poverty reduction. IUCN, PROFOR-World Bank, ODI, CIFOR and Winrock...
May 02, 2004
UNFF-4 took place in Geneva from 3-14 May 2004. PROFOR was involved in two events: Reforming Forest Fiscal Systems: On May 3, PROFOR hosted a side event on Forest Fiscal Systems to highlight outcomes from the October 2003 Workshop on Reforming Forest Fiscal Systems. At the side event, representatives from Ghana and Brazil delivered updates on fiscal reform in their countries since the October workshop. Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration: On May 5, at a side event on Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, outcomes from the PROFOR-sponsored Workshop on...
April 25, 2004
Throughout the world, local and regional governments are becoming increasingly involved in forest-related issues. In some cases such growing dynamism reflects government policies designed to decentralize forest governance and forest management. In other cases it reflects initiatives of local and regional governments themselves, including communities living in and surrounding forest areas, and the increasing power, leverage and resources they have. In light of this trend, the Governments of Switzerland and Indonesia and CIFOR organized a country-led initiative on experiences with decision-...
January 27, 2004
In partnership with the Colombian Ministry of Environment, Conservation International-Colombia, IUCN, and Forest Trends, PROFOR organized a Workshop on Economic Incentives for Land Restoration and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) from January 28th to 30th, 2004 in Bogotá, Colombia. Some 140 participants representing local, regional and national governmental authorities, international organizations, conservation NGOs, bilateral donor agencies, academia, and the private sector participated in the three-day workshop. Colombia is drafting a new forest law which may include new...
October 21, 2003
The Forest Investment Forum constituted an unprecedented gathering of nearly 150 senior executives of domestic and multi-national forest product companies, private and public sector financial institutions, and leading conservation agencies from around the world. Organized jointly with World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WWF, Forest Trends, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank, the Forum set out to: explore opportunities for investments in environmentally and socially sustainable forestry in developing and economic transition countries; explore...

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