Consultations begin for finalizing guidelines on sustainably managing public natural forests in tropical countries

©FAO/Albert John Michael26 June 2017, Rome - The first of four consultation meetings aimed at finalizing a set of guidelines for the sustainable management of public production forests in tropical countries through forest concessions, in the context of Agenda 2030, begins in Libreville, Gabon on 27 June 2017 and will last for two days.

The Libreville meeting brings together representatives of seven Francophone African countries as well as some of the region’s key stakeholders from government, private sector, finance, technical experts, civil society, communities and research institutions such as the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the International Technical Tropical Timber Association (ATIBT). They will work on the draft guidelines and discuss how they apply to the regional context. This is the first of the four consultation workshops. The other three will take place in Mozambique, for English speaking African countries, and also in Indonesia and Peru. These meetings are expected to produce a number of lessons learned and best practices that will make the guidelines more country driven and fitted to their regional circumstances.

“These guidelines will serve as practical guidance for policy makers, forest investors, forest practitioners and forest communities on how to make forest concessions work for sustainable forest management,” said Thais Linhares Juvenal, Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Governance and Economics Team, Forestry Department, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The meetings have been organized by FAO together with the Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank and the host countries. The guidelines and consultations are part of the Forest Concessions Initiative, initiated in 2015 under the leadership of FAO in partnership with the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Center for International Forestry Research, the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Development, PROFOR and the Brazilian Forest Service.

These consultations are a follow up to a workshop about the state of forest concessions held in Porto Velho, Brazil in November 2016. The European Forest Institute was asked to further research the topic through an international expert survey and regional consultations, and to produce guidelines that represent best practices and country realities, and to be sensitive to the trends and needs of such objectives as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The next consultation meeting will take place in Maputo, Mozambique on 6 and 7 July. In Jakarta, Indonesia there will be a consultation on 12 and 13 July in English and the final consultation will be on 19 and 20 July in Lima, Peru for the region in Spanish.

The guidelines will be finalized after the final meeting and published in October 2017.


last updated:  Monday, June 26, 2017