National forest programmes: other supporting institutions

The increasing political attention and the evolving cooperation with and between international organisations resulted in wide range of activities and rich experiences in developing and conducting national forest programmes.

The following section gives a summary overview on the institutions, highlights their comparative advantages, and provides fast links to the relevant web sites.

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CIFOR (Centre for International FOrestry Research)

CIFOR works through research partnerships, as a "Center without Walls" with a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to solving general or widespread problems. CIFOR's strategic research is focused on policy issues that will enable more informed, productive, sustainable and equitable decisions about the management and use of forests.

COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research)

The main objective of the COST E19 Action is to provide policy makers in Europe with improved means for formulating and implementing national forest programmes (nfp).

EFI (European Forest Institute)

EFI's mission is to: promote, conduct and co-operate in research of forestry and forest products at the pan-European level; and to make the results of the research known to all interested parties, notably in the areas of policy formulation and implementation, in order to promote the conservation and sustainable management of forests in Europe.

ETFRN (European Tropical Forest Research Network)

the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries.

Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch's overall objective is to infuse transparency and accountability into the decision making processes that determine how forests are managed and for whom.


The GTZ is the German government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations. IWRP-Services are an advisory service of GTZ, supporting the translation of international forest policy into sustainable forest management at national level.

ICRAF (International Council for Research into Agroforestry)

ICRAF conducts strategic and applied research, in partnership with national agricultural research systems, for more sustainable and productive land use.

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organisations)

IUFRO's mission is to promote the coordination of and the international cooperation in scientific studies embracing the whole field of research related to forests and trees.

PROFOR (Programme on Forests)

PROFOR aims simultaneously at providing participating countries with concrete capacity building measures to assist the development of national strategies for improved forest management, and the development of the conceptual basis and instruments for achieving sustainable forest management (SFM).

UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

World Bank

The World Bank, with a mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world, is among the world¿s leading development institutions. It provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance, and knowledge-sharing services.

WRI (World Resources Institute)

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)

WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity ; ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable ; and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.