Methodological and sourcing changes could help improve World Bank forest data such as forest rents, net forest depletion, and forest wealth. Improved data and increased data usage could equip policymakers to better manage forest resources, improve forest governance, increase transparency in the rent captured, and ultimately lead to increased reinvestment of forest rents in other forms of capital to grow the total wealth of the country.
Watershed management will be key to feeding a growing population. Rainfed regions have lagged far behind and have experienced severe resource degradation due to inappropriate land use, poor husbandry and low investments. Longer-term climate change adds another worrying dimension.This activity aims to improve watershed management in India.
While establishing effective and equitable benefit sharing mechanisms in the forest sector is clearly important, it has been a serious challenge in many countries. The major objective of this activity is to develop country road maps for benefit sharing arrangements using PROFOR’s Options Assessment Framework, which employs a participatory approach to analyze and improve benefit sharing arrangements.
This activity will examine a range of political economy issues arising from forest governance reform attempts. It will offer suggestions on how resistance can be mitigated and the support from would-be gainers strengthened to reduce the risks of sabotage.
This activity seeks to support the development of a coherent and comprehensive national strategy for sustainable management of traditional oasis ecosystems in Tunisia currently under threat.
Over the past 15 years, Vietnam has taken steps toward reforming state forest enterprises into commercially viable businesses based on SFM principles. Progress has however been slow and incomplete. This PROFOR-financed activity proposes to develop and support a deeper forest sector policy dialogue in Vietnam.
Recent developments in trade policies of key timber consumer countries have increased the need for producer countries to ensure verification of the legal origin of timber. However, for the most part, tropical timber producer countries are not adequately prepared to meet such requirements. Bundling low cost tools for forest control and supervision could help government agencies meet their timber legality verification needs.