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Secure land tenure in rural landscapes is widely recognized as an essential foundation for achieving a range of economic development goals. However, forest areas in low and middle-income countries face particular challenges in strengthening the security of land and resource tenure. Forest peoples are often among the poorest and most politically marginalized communities in their national contexts, and their tenure systems are often based on customary, collective rights that have insufficient formal legal protection. This study on Securing Forest Tenure Rights for Rural Development aims to...
"Forest-smart" describes a development approach that recognizes forests’ significance for sustaining growth across many sectors, including agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and water. It is sustainable and inclusive in nature, emphasizing that forests are part of a broader landscape and that changes in forest cover affect other land uses as well as the people living in that landscape. It transforms how sectors operate by identifying opportunities for mutual benefit and creating practical solutions that can be implemented at scale.
Forest-smart realizes the importance of forests for the...
PROFOR is generating knowledge and tools that are informing, connecting, and shaping forest sector investments and policies. In 2015, PROFOR produced 117 knowledge products, supported more than 95 engagement processes with 11,138 direct participants, influenced 30 WBG operations, and informed two national policy reforms. PROFOR’s 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of these achievements.
The international development community is increasingly demanding better evidence on the effectiveness of policies and programs across different sectors. The forest sector is no exception. Governments and donor agencies explicitly seek to link investment to proven impact. Yet the evidence base necessary to inform interventions in the forest sector that can successfully enhance the livelihoods of the forest-dependent poor, foster economic growth, reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation, and conserve forest biodiversity remains weak.
There is a particular need to identify robust...
In 2014, PROFOR supported 49 activities (25 new and 24 ongoing). This report focuses on the tools and knowledge PROFOR is delivering and how they are being translated into action at national, regional, and global levels.