ACP African, Caribbean and Pacific
ADG Assistant Director General
APO Associate Professional Officer
CATIE Centro Agronomia Tropical de Investigación y de Enseñanza.
CHZ Central Highland Zone
CIRAD Centre de coopéra. internat.en recherche agronomique pour le développement
CNEARC Centre national d'études agronomiques des régions chaudes
CNRS Centre national de recherche scientifique
CPZ Coastal Plains Zone
CSIRO Common Wealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
DANIDA Danish International Development Administration
DARHRD Department of Agricultural Research and Human resources Development
DFSC DANIDA Forest Seed Centre
EHESS École des hautes études en sciences sociales
ENGREF École national du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts
FAN Forest Action Network (Kenya)
FAN Forestry Action Network
FAO Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nation
FOSA Forestry Outlook Study for Africa
GBZ Green Belt Zone
GDP Gross Domestic Product
ICRAF International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
ICRAF International Centre for Research in Agro-forestry
IGAD Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
INRA Institut national de recherche agronomique
IUCN International Union of Conservation of Nature
LRCPD Land Resources and Crop production Department
MNHN Museum national de l'homme et de la nature
MOA Ministry Of Agriculture
NTSP National Tree Seed Project
NWFP Non-wood forest product
NWLZ North- Western Lowland Zone
ORSTOM Institut français de recherche scientifique pour le développ. en coopération
RAFO Regional Office for Africa - Forestry group
RAFR Regional Office for Africa - Operations
SWLZ South Western Lowland Zone
TCP Technical Co-operation Programme
TCP Technical Co-operation Programme
TOF Trees outside the forest
UNEP United Nations Environmental Program
UNSO United Nations Sahelian Office
WAICENT World Agricultural Information Centre
WEZ Western Escarpment Zone
I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The Sub-Regional Workshop for East-African Countries on "Data Collection and Analysis for Sustainable Forest Management in ACP Countries - Linking National and International Efforts" was held in Nakuru, Kenya from 12-16 October 1998. The event was organised by FAO and UNEP with the financial support of the EC through the EC-FAO Partnership Programme (Tropical Forestry Budget Line B7-6201/97-15/VIII/FOR - Project GCP/INT/679/EC).
This report presents the proceedings of the workshop, including an overview of the Project, the workshop objectives and conditions, conclusions and lessons learned, which may be useful during the implementation of future workshops.
1.1. Project Objectives
This EC-FAO Partnership Project aims to promote sustainable management of trees and forests in the tropics, founded on policies that integrate and balance relevant economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry. It aims to strengthen national capacity to collect and compile reliable and current information on forestry and analyse the forest sector. Specifically this Project shall:
· Improve the coverage, timeliness and quality of data concerning forestry, including extending data compilation to include nationally available items, which are of importance for sustainable forest management, but not yet aggregated and readily available on a regional and global scale;
· Develop a framework for collecting and disseminating at national level, essential data which are not yet commonly available; and
· Conduct regional forestry sector outlook studies and formulate appropriate policies.
1.2. Project Implementation Tasks
Organise regional workshops to review and assess availability, accuracy and completeness of current statistics. Attract broad-based review and discussion in each region drawing from the public and private sector with participation of local and regional non-governmental organisations. Focus the workshops on review of current situation and invite the meetings to suggest viable options for the collection and use of data. Plan for at least four regional workshops: IGAD, SADC, Congo Basin, ECOWAS, and Caribbean. Involve and engage regional institutions as the host of the workshop and partners in the analysis.
Expected results: Regional assessments drawn on national reports. These will be conducted as workshops and will validate the compiled statistics and improve the institutional capacity to collect and disseminate information. National and regional consultants will amend country reports to reflect the reviews conducted through the workshops. As a result, the best available information from the public, private and non-governmental sectors will be compiled.
1.3. Workshop Objectives
The overall objectives of the workshop are to:
· Promote data acquisition by individual countries to provide information for sustainable forest management at the national level which can also be used for planning and identification of trends regionally and internationally;
· Review country data and develop procedures to strengthen country data and link it to international data; provide information and training on standardised international definitions and tabular formats for forestry sector data;
· Contribute to country capacity for the collection and effective use of forestry sector data;
· Develop opportunities for further co-operation between the participating countries, including establishment of a network of correspondents; and
· Develop processes to prepare individual country and regional forestry outlook study reports.
Forestry data can be logically divided into data concerning forest resources and forest products. Additional objectives specific to these two sectors include:
For Forest Products:
· Review of classification and definition of products, coverage and units of measurement with particular reference to the products and practices in the countries attending the workshop;
· Discussion of standards and methodologies for data collection and validation;
· Discussion and demonstration of the use of information technology; and
· Review of country data on production and prices of forest products, industry capacity, and trade. Particularly, the production of fuelwood and forest products other than wood due to their importance to the region.
For Forest Resources:
· Review of classification, definition, and structure of forest resources data;
· Discussion on strategies and methodologies for data collection, processing and dissemination;
· Review and validation of FAO and national data; and
· Discussion of problems, constraints, and capacity needs.
1.4. Implementing Processes for the Workshops
· FAO provides to the participants a working draft of forestry sector data definitions and tabular formats;
· FAO provides to each country existing data for review in advance of the workshop; this consist of tables, country briefs, and data sources and references from the various FAO programmes which collect and use this data;
· The countries verify, update and provide missing data in preparation for the meeting;
· Individual countries and FAO work together to select participants who can best contribute to the objectives of the workshop; the Project will pay travel and DSA for selected participants.
· The regional workshops are intended to:
· Provide information on the purpose and background of the project;
· Explain the value and use of internationally shared data;
· Provide training on internationally standardised terminology, definitions and data structure;
· Provide an opportunity to verify, update, and add missing data for each country;
· Document linkages between country and internationally shared data;
· Identify needs and follow-up actions for country capacity building; and
· Provide opportunities for co-operation, both between countries and with international organisations and NGOs.
Following the workshop, individual country data will be finalised; in-country assistance by FAO staff or consultants provide, as appropriate, assistance in finalising the data or helping to develop plans and capacity for data acquisition and compilation. Individual and regional outlook study reports will be prepared based on country data and other formation.
1.5. Locations, dates, and participating countries:
Five regional workshops (four African and one Caribbean)
Central African Republic
Trinidad & Toba.
Underlined and bold: pilot study countries.