| | 24 November 2015
This week, over 20 experts from the FAO, the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Brazilian Forest Service, the Center for International Forestry Research and the Centre de Coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement are joining forces to improve forest concession policies and practices, particularly for tropical production forests.
Awarding forest concessions has been the primary means of allocating timber harvesting rights to the private sector, particularly in tropical forests. Industrial forest concessions have a poor track record over the years, but there are some successful examples. Simplicity, stability and transparency from government authorities, and independent certification of the concession area are probably some of the fundamental factors for success. Well-managed forest concessions have the potential to sustainably deliver both direct and indirect environmental and social benefits to the community.
The joint initiative will provide practical guidance to countries in the design, implementation and evaluation of forest concession systems. Other outcomes will include a policy brief, identification of research priorities and proposals to influence political dialogue at the international and regional levels.