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October 26, 2016
FAO, CIFOR, IFRI, LSMS and PROFOR of the World Bank jointly launched the sourcebook ‘’National socioeconomic surveys in forestry: guidance and survey modules for measuring the multiple roles of forests in household welfare and livelihoods” in Rome on October 27. Seeing the Forests and the Trees by Gwendolyn Stansburry on the Data Blog provides an overview of the sourcebook, as does the PROFOR story A new Survey Tool Promises to Raise the Profile of Forests in National Development Agendas.
August 31, 2016
At the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, PROFOR participated in sessions on Implementing the World Bank Group Forest Action Plan (FAP) and on Who Benefits, How much? How to adequately measure human welfare impacts in forest conservation initiatives. A new Forest SWIFT (Survey of Wellbeing via Instant and Frequent Tracking) tool being developed as part of the PROFOR forests and poverty program was presented at both session and the PROFOR Forest Governance Tool was highlighted at the session on implementing the FAP.
June 05, 2016
The Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016 will take place on June 6th at the Royal Society in London. The event will connect key experts from the financial services industry with leaders from the corporate sector, senior government officials, project developers and leading thinkers, to take investments in sustainable landscapes to the next level. The 2016 gathering offers a unique platform for exploring the potential of private finance in enhancing livelihood, environment and food security benefits across the landscape. PROFOR, together with the World Bank and WRI, will host the...
The 2016 PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting took place April 6-7 in Washington DC. With a theme of “Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,” the meeting focused on how PROFOR knowledge and tools are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. More specifically, the agenda included an update on PROFOR’s cross-sectoral programmatic activities implemented in partnership with a variety of Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, results from PROFOR’s strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed...
September 06, 2015
The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC) is hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 7-11 September, 2015 in Durban, South Africa, and brings together a range of stakeholders in support of sustainable forest management. Forests have a vital role to play in meeting significant development objectives, and in mitigation and adaptation against the impacts of climate change. But given alarming global rates of deforestation and increasing demand for timber and forest products, making the most of forests’ benefits over the long term requires a drastic change in how we...