GLOBAL FOREST RESOURCES ASSESSMENT 2005
Regional Workshop for National Correspondents
from Anglophone African Countries

27-30 July 2004
Accra, Ghana

Background

The Anglophone workshop was a follow-up to the National Correspondent¿s meeting held by FAO in Rome, in November 2003. The Regional Workshop took place at the Miklin Hotel in Accra (Ghana), from 27 to 30 July 2004. Nineteen National Correspondents were expected to participate in the workshop, however only seventeen NC plus five Nationals from Ghana

Workshop objectives

The objectives of the workshop were to:
  • Review the country drafts reports to FRA 2005;
  • Address problems that countries were experiencing with respect to the compiling of the country reports according to the FRA 2005 Guidelines;
  • Identify information gaps, draft a time table for the final submission of the country reports; and
  • Formulate conclusions and recommendations for future FRA 2005 activities.

Organisation of the workshop

The workshop took place over a period of four days. The first day had four sessions: the opening session was chaired by the FAOR in Ghana together with the Deputy Minister of Land and Forestry as a key note speaker. The three other sessions covered the following: procedural issues, country and thematic studies presentations. Mr Paupiah, NC from Mauritius, chaired the meeting. A cocktail reception was hosted by the Hotel at the end of the day. Day two of the workshop only presented one session, which focused mainly on working group¿s activities. The third day had two sessions: presentations of working groups by the respective repertoires and addressing country problems and needs, respectively. A field trip to the Aburi Arboretum was carried out in the afternoon. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to formulating conclusions and recommendations with respect to FRA 2005 follow-up activities. Various countries alternated the chairing and repertoiring of the meeting proceedings.

Agenda <br>List of participants 

Workshop expected outputs

The following key outputs were expected from the workshop:
  • National Correspondents understanding of methodologies for compiling National Reporting Tables;
  • Identification of countries with serious reporting problems;
  • Identification of information gaps where data is not available;
  • Time table for submission of final country reports;
  • Recommendation on how to improve the current country information.

Workshop conclusions

  1. For most countries, reliable information is available on forest areas, growing stock and production of wood, but the difficulties remain in quantifying and valuing the contribution of forest and woodlands in terms of NWFP; contribution to food security and the roles and environmental services.
  2. Within countries, participants had experienced problems in accessing information from sister ministries, NGOs, projects and the private sector. Particularly, problems of weak governance were experienced by countries which have been in civil strive.
  3. Nevertheless, all countries committed themselves to delivering a complete report by December 2004, at the latest.
  4. In regard to the information on NWFP and on informal employment in forest sector, most of the participating countries recognised that their data quality is poor or non-existent.
  5. Countries noted that FRA activities were not explicitly funded and that lack of means was a limiting factor.
  6. All countries recognised that FRA activities are essential to providing country level information for the C&I of Sustainable Forest Management and also for their international obligation.

Workshop recommendations

  1. FAO should endeavour to provide limited funding to all countries to assist them with logistics and means
  2. FAO should also provide significant funding to those countries experiencing extreme challenges to internal funding
  3. NCs should network more, by using the discussion forum, to facilitate the FRA 2005 process
  4. FAO should assist NCs to improve linkages within their countries in order to access information from other sectors
  5. FAO should write a formal request to the relevant ministries, asking for inter-sectoral collaboration and provision of funding and staff time for the completion of FRA report
  6. FAO should provide technical assistance to countries, possibly through the interchange of NCs
  7. FAO should provide more material on CD as some countries have no access to the Internet

FAO Contact person

Mr Peter Lowe as Forestry Planning Officer for RAFO and Ms Sebueng Kelatwang (as the FRA secretariat focal point for African Anglophone countries) were responsible for the presentations and for providing technical assistance to the countries.
last updated:  Monday, November 27, 2006