Whatever the technology chosen, improving information management is an essential part of forest governance reforms.
Authors: Tuukka Castrén (team leader, senior forestry specialist) and Madhavi Pillai (natural resource specialist) supported by Nalin Kishor (senior natural resources economist) at the World Bank.
Funding: World Bank FLEG trust fund, PROFOR and the Government of Finland
Information technology and management in forest governance -- innovations for improved forestry outcomes
Improving forest governance and reducing forest crime requires reforms in several fields: legislative framework, public institutions, private sector operations, civil society participation to name a few. Many countries have reformed their forest legislation and institutions. It is essential to recognize that in order to actually achieve improved forest outcomes, reforms need to be both planned properly and implemented effectively at all levels.
Modern information technology, including remote sensing and field level applications, has in many fields proved its value in promoting good, transparent and equitable governance. It is also required to ensure sustained implementation of reforms. Some countries have introduced systems, for example, to better track log sales and timber flows, use remote sensing technologies to track encroachment, and