AFRICAN FOREST ECONOMICS NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Synthesis of country reports on forest revenue systems in Africa

2. Regional and sub-regional reports for the Forestry Outlook Study for Africa (FOSA)

3. The profitability of deforestation of private forests in Uganda

4. Seminar on forest valuation and innovative finance

 

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1. SYNTHESIS OF COUNTRY REPORTS ON FOREST REVENUE SYSTEMS IN AFRICA

From: FAO

To date, thirty country reports on forest revenue systems have been produced under the EC-FAO Partnership Programme Project on Fiscal Policies. Twenty-six of these reports have been synthesised and were presented at a workshop on forest finances in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2001. The synthesis paper compares and contrasts the many different forest charges currently used in Africa and the level of public expenditure on forestry policies and programmes in each of these countries. It also presents some figures for total charge collection and public expenditure in the sector for the region as a whole. Copies of the paper can be downloaded from the FAO Website at:

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/index.jsp?page_id=5448&lang_id=1&geo_id=42&start_id=2711 (English)

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/index.jsp?page_id=5448&lang_id=2&geo_id=42&start_id=2711 (French)

Alternatively, electronic and printed copies can be obtained from: adrian.whiteman@fao.org. Comments and suggestions on the paper can also be sent to this e-mail address.

Copies of the complete workshop proceedings will soon be published on the above Webpages.

2. REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL REPORTS FOR THE FORESTRY OUTLOOK STUDY FOR AFRICA (FOSA)

From: FAO

Draft regional and sub-regional reports for FOSA are currently being produced. The regional report (for the whole of Africa) will provide an overview of the status, trends and future prospects for forests and the forestry sector in Africa. Sub-regional reports (for North, West, Central, East and Southern Africa) will present the status, prospects and investment options for the forestry sector in more detail for each of the five sub-regions.

The final drafts and summaries of the regional and sub-regional reports will be presented to the Near East Forestry Commission in January 2002 and the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission in March 2002.

Copies of the final drafts can be obtained from susy.tafuro@fao.org or from the FOSA webpages:

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/index.jsp?lang_id=1&geo_id=42&start_id=2711&page_id=2252 (English)

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/index.jsp?lang_id=2&geo_id=42&start_id=2711&page_id=2252 (French)

FAO would welcome comments on these draft reports, which can be sent to CTS.Nair@fao.org (English) or jeanlouis.blanchez@fao.org (French).

In addition, ten country outlook study reports have been produced (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic Republic, Côte d¿Ivoire, Djibouti and Eritrea). These reports are available in their original language (English/French) and can be downloaded at:

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/index.jsp?page_id=3676&lang_id=1&geo_id=42&start_id=2711 or can be obtained from susy.tafuro@fao.org. More country reports will be added to these Webpages as they are edited and published.

3. THE PROFITABILITY OF DEFORESTATION OF PRIVATE FORESTS IN UGANDA

From: INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY REVIEW

The profitability of deforestation was studies in three private forests (Namungo, Buganegane and Mugalu), in Mpigi District, Uganda. The objective was to carry out a comparative assessment of the alternative land use options using the Net Present Value (NPV) criterion. Three options were considered, namely agricultural production, plantation forestry (eucalyptus) and sustainable natural forestry. Both socio-economic and physical data collected through formal questionnaires, informal discussions and forest inventory were used for the analysis. The results show that it is more profitable to clear natural forested land either for agricultural production or plantation forestry, at least in the short-term in the case of agriculture. On a generalised scale of comparison, the management options were ranked: (1) cropping; (2) woodlot; (3) conservation according to profitability. In conclusion, there is an economic incentive to deforest, and therefore, deforestation is an optimal land allocation decision for some private forest owners.

More information about this study can be obtained from the authors of this article (Justine Namaalwa, William Gombya-Ssembajjwe and Ole Hofstad) at ufric@starcom.co.ug.

4. SEMINAR ON FOREST VALUATION AND INNOVATIVE FINANCE

From: FAO

Tropenbos International and the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) are organising an international seminar titled: "Forest valuation and innovative financial mechanisms for conservation and sustainable management of tropical forests." The seminar will be held in The Hague (the Netherlands) from 20-21 March 2002.

The first day of the seminar will cover the subject: "What is the value of tropical (rain) forests?" The keynote speaker will start the day by discussing the perceived environmental or conservation values of tropical forests. This will include a discussion of the discrepancies between the statements and positions of environmental groups, private interest groups, politicians and scientific evidence. Five scientists will then present their views on some of these issues, which will be followed by a debate with the audience.

The second day will examine innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable forest management and conservation. This session will explore the translation of these values into financial contributions for the conservation and sustainable use of forests. This will include a description of the state of the art and the identification of policy recommendations and themes for further research. Five cases-studies of innovative financial mechanisms in operation, development or in study will also be presented and discussed.

Further details of the seminar can be obtained from J B Maas (J.B.Maas@TROPENBOS.agro.nl).

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