Organizational development of forestry institutions
©FAO/Giulio NapolitanoFunctioning institutions are a key ingredient to development, sustainable resource management, and societal adaptation to social, economic, and environmental change. In the forestry context, sector development depends on an institutional framework that comprises “rules of the game” as well as a number of organizations, public and private, with differing mandates, roles and functions. Within this broad institutional framework, public forest institutions (such as forestry departments and agencies) play many key roles and their performance is crucial for sector development.
Yet, the roles of forest institutions are rapidly changing due to changing demands on forests and their governance. Forests are increasingly recognised as key to solving pressing global issues such as climate change, energy scarcity, poverty, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, food scarcity, and raw material supply.
Consistent with its mandate, FAO has been working with countries to build the capacities of forestry institutions and enhance their contribution to sustainable forest management. Major activities of FAO related to capacity building and institutional adaptation include:
Mr. Marco Boscolo