AFRICAN FOREST ECONOMICS NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2001

Welcome to the first issue of the African Forest Economics Newsletter, a free e-mail newsletter that provides information about research and developments in forest economics in Africa. Thank you to all those who have shared information with us.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. EC-FAO partnership programmes in Africa

2. Country reports about fiscal policies and forestry

3. Call for thematic papers on fiscal policies

4. Opportunities for Young Professionals

5. The Forestry Outlook Study for Africa (FOSA)

6. Publications

7. Workshops

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1. EC-FAO PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMMES IN AFRICA

From: FAO

FAO has two partnership programmes in Africa on data collection and sustainable forest management. The objective of the data collection project is: "to strengthen national capacities to collect and compile reliable and current information on forestry and analyse the forest sector". The project is finishing this year. Assistance with data collection has been given in several topic areas, including: forest resources; trees outside forests; forest plantations; forest products; and non-wood forest products. Nearly every country in Africa has worked on at least one of these topics and many have worked on several of them. Many of the reports produced by countries under this project include economic information about these topics. Country reports and further information about the project can be found at: http://www.fao.org/forestry/FON/FONS/outlook/Africa/acppro-e.stm. Requests for paper copies of country reports can be sent to: johan.lejeune@fao.org.

The sustainable forest management project includes components on: national forest programmes (NFP); fiscal policies; non-wood forest products; wood energy; forest harvesting; and research. Economic analysis is a major part of the NFP and fiscal policy components of this project. Results from the project will be presented in this newsletter when they are produced. Enquiries about the project can be sent to: johan.lejeune@fao.org.

2. COUNTRY REPORTS ABOUT FISCAL POLICIES AND FORESTRY

From: FAO

Currently, 30 African countries have agreed to produce reports on their forest revenue systems and government expenditure on the forestry sector. When these are completed, this study will be the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of fiscal policies in the forestry sector ever undertaken in Africa. The only major countries that are not currently included in the study are: Togo; Gabon; Mozambique; and South Africa. FAO would be interested to hear if there are any forest economists working in these countries who would be interested in participating in the study. Enquiries can be sent to: adrian.whiteman@fao.org.

3. CALL FOR THEMATIC PAPERS ON FISCAL POLICIES

From: FAO

FAO is offering small grants to undertake research on fiscal policies in the forestry sector. Response to date has been low, but projects have been started in Nigeria and others are being prepared for Tanzania and Zimbabwe. FAO would welcome proposals from researchers interested in working in this area. Further details can be obtained from: adrian.whiteman@fao.org.

4. OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

From: FAO

As part of the EC-FAO partnership programme in Africa, FAO is inviting young professionals from Africa to come and work on the project for a short while. Assignments will normally last for 2-3 months and will focus on capacity building through training in policy research, analysis and report writing. Anyone interested in joining this programme should request further details from: african-forest-economics@fao.org.

5. THE FORESTRY OUTLOOK STUDY FOR AFRICA (FOSA)

From: FAO

The primary objective of FOSA is to provide a long-term perspective of the development of the forestry sector in African countries to the year 2020. FOSA is analysing the trends and driving forces that will shape the sector during the next two decades. Based on this analysis, the study will identify the policy, programme and investment options that can enhance the sector's contribution to sustainable development. All African countries are participating in the study and many have already produced country reports. In addition, a number of thematic reports are being produced on topics such as: socio-economic trends; institutional development; and forest product supply and demand. FOSA has been guided by regular workshops and meetings with participating countries. Further information about FOSA can be found at: http://www.fao.org/forestry/FODA/Infonote/en/t-fosa-e-2000.stm and requests for paper copies of workshop reports can be sent to: jeanlouis.blanchez@fao.org.

6. PUBLICATIONS

From: FAO

Publications produced during the last month include:

FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY, Nigeria, 2001, The forest revenue system and government expenditure on forestry in Nigeria, working paper on financing sustainable forest management: FSFM/WP/02, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome.

MAILE, N, 2001, The forest revenue system and government expenditure on forestry in Lesotho, working paper on financing sustainable forest management: FSFM/WP/03, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome.

Copies can be obtained from: janice.saich@fao.org.

7. WORKSHOPS

From: FAO

A final FOSA meeting will be held in late September 2001. At this, FAO will present the draft FOSA report for countries to review. A fiscal policy workshop will be held in early October to discuss common issues in fiscal policies and develop a work programme for the remainder of the project. Participation in these meetings will be by invitation only, but further details about the workshops can be obtained from janice.saich@fao.org.

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