Regional consultations for finalizing guidelines on sustainably managing public natural forests in tropical countries conclude

©FAO/Eric Hunt21 July 2017, Rome - Experts from regions around the world have provided valuable input into the process of finalizing a set of guidelines for the sustainable management of public production forests in tropical countries through forest concessions.

A two-day Latin American consultation, held in Peru, concluded on 20 July following three other successful meetings in recent weeks that took place in Gabon, Mozambique and Indonesia.

More than 40 participants attended the meeting in Lima including representatives of ten Latin American countries, some of the region’s key stakeholders from national and regional governments, private sector, international organizations, finance, technical experts, civil society, communities and research institutions such as the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank.

Experts in all four meetings came together to work on the draft guidelines and discuss how they apply in a regional context.

“The four meetings produced substantive inputs to the guidelines and associated recommendations, alongside a number of lessons learned and best practices that will make the guidelines more country-driven and fitted to their regional circumstances,” said Thais Linhares-Juvenal, Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Governance and Economics Team, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“These guidelines aim to guide the long-term sustainable management of forest areas for production. They focus on forest concessions, a typical instrument for managing public production forests, but the principles and most of the recommendations proposed apply also to other forms of managing forest production and are in line with the 2030 Agenda.”

FAO organized the workshop in Peru together with the Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank and the Peruvian Forest Service (SERFOR).

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 (ITTO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research (CIRAD), 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. FAO partnered with the European Forest Institute to research the topic through an international expert survey and the regional consultations, 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 guidelines will be finalized in September and will be discussed at the 30th meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 25-29 September 2017. The final document should be available for the general public in October.


last updated:  Friday, July 21, 2017