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New solutions to persistent problems: ICTs can help protect forests, but they’re only one part of the answer

Innovative approaches to information and communication technologies (ICTs) are showing potential in addressing the long standing issues of illegal logging and unsustainable forest use. At the same time, despite the increasing prevalence of mobile phones and internet access suggesting a central role for ICTs in bringing about change, using ICT tools to their full potential remains a challenge.

These are two key lessons emerging from a World Bank report, Information and Communication Technology for Forest Law Enforcement and Governance: Lessons from a Two-Country Project in Lao PDR and Moldova. The findings are based on two pilot projects implemented by the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Korea’s Trust Fund on ICT for Development (ICT4D).

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