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Small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) are the norm in most developing countries. They often represent 80-90% of all forest enterprises and more than 50% of formal forest jobs -- plus many more of an informal and seasonal nature. They accrue wealth locally, empower local entrepreneurship, strengthen social networks and engender local social and environmental accountability.
But in least developed countries, structures that connect with and support SMFEs and their associations are weak. They face problems such as excessive bureaucracy, unstable policies or regulations biased...
Evaluating the effectiveness of public spending in the forestry sector: lessons from global good practices
Public expenditures in the forest sector arise from the need to maximize development outcomes and enhance livelihoods, conserve a variety of local and global public goods, set an attractive investment climate to leverage private investment, and contribute to the costs of forest administration. Yet the sector is typically poorly funded in most developing countries.
Lack of adequately qualified staff, lack of funds to carry out essential supervisory operations and lack of ...
Lessons learned from the first generation of sub-national REDD ‘demonstration activities’ will shape the international REDD mechanism’s ability to promote policies and actions that are equitable, effective and efficient. Those lessons will also have a crucial impact on the design of the second generation of REDD strategies and activities. Yet harvesting credible, evidence-based lessons is not as straightforward as it seems.
This knowledge activity was carried out by CIFOR with financial support from PROFOR and other donors. It set out to ensure that first-generation REDD...
An estimated 1.2 billion people rely on forests for some part of their livelihoods. However, the importance of forests is often overlooked in national development processes such as poverty reduction strategies due to inadequate evidence documenting how forests sustain the poor.
Poverty-Forests Linkages Toolkit by PROFOR (Program on Forests) is licensed...
Drawing Lessons from Transparency International (TI)
The forest sector badly needs functioning integrity systems. Corruption promotes illegal logging and trade, and illegal logging is a multi-billion-dollars-per-year problem for the world. Beyond the lost revenues, illegal logging is almost never sustainable. No one has ever quantified the environmental and social harm it causes worldwide.
Transparency International (TI), the world's leading organization in the fight against corruption, pioneered the National Integrity System (NIS)...