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Programme 2G: Forest products and industry

Programme Entity Time Frame Title
2GA01 2006-2011 Strengthening the Contribution of Forest Industries to Rural Development
2GP01 2002-2011 Best practices in forest products harvesting, utilization and appropriate industry development
2GP02 2006-2011 Assessment, monitoring and reporting on forest resources products and institutions
2GS01 2002-2011 Technical Support Services to Members and the Field Programme


2GA01: Strengthening the Contribution of Forest Industries to Rural Development

Development problem to be addressed:

137.     In many developing countries, the potential contribution of forest industries to rural development and poverty alleviation has not been fully realized. A wide range of options can be developed together with government representatives, the private sector and NGOs to improve this. Options include the promotion of manufacturing value-added products, use of lesser-known species and the development of appropriate policies and regulations for forest industry development.

Proposed contribution to problem resolution:

138.     Clear policies and regulatory frameworks for the development of forest industries, in particular small- and medium-scale enterprises, linked with sound knowledge of available forest resources, processing technologies and markets, will contribute to national development objectives.

Intended end beneficiaries and benefits:

139.     Rural populations living in or around managed forests may benefit from increased income, higher employment rates and other social benefits generated by the production and trade of forest products, including a larger share of value-added products.

Objective(s)

140.     This entity promotes the sustainable utilization of forest resources by strengthening national enterprises in the production and trade of forest products, in particular value-added products, for the benefit of rural populations living in or around forest resources. It deals with the social and economic contribution of forest-based industries.

Major Output(s)

  • Advice on value addition in forest industries
  • Enhanced social and economic contribution of forest industries.
Indicator(s)

  • Evidence that government policy-makers are aware of the opportunities the forest industry sector provides for rural development and its contribution to poverty reduction goals

2GP01: Best practices in forest products harvesting, utilization and appropriate industry development

Development problem to be addressed:

141.     The contribution of non-wood forest products to sustainable forest management and the MDGs requires further assessment and strengthening. Woodfuels are the most important energy source for many developing countries. However, further information and tools are required to enable policy-makers to integrate wood energy into national energy planning more effectively. In many countries, current practices regarding forest products and services focus on employment and income generation at the expense of national resource conservation and environmental protection goals.

Proposed contribution to problem resolution:

142.     National forest product utilization policies and practices based on a solid understanding of environmentally sound harvesting and processing methods, and a better balance between economic and social concerns, should lead to sustainability in the provision of these products.

Intended end beneficiaries and benefits:

143.     The primary beneficiaries are governments, the private sector and NGOs, with the rural populations of countries being the secondary beneficiaries. Environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially acceptable provision and utilization of forest products and services contributes to food security and poverty alleviation of vulnerable groups, and supports overall social and economic development.

Objective(s)

144.     Wood and non-wood product utilization practices are based on a solid information foundation and reflect balanced economic, environmental and social concerns.

Major Output(s)

  • Best practices for sustainable production, processing and marketing of non-wood forest products
  • Promotion of wood energy and its integration into national development strategies
  • Assistance in implementing best practices in forest harvesting
Indicator(s)

  • Number of countries with forest products utilization policies and practices supporting sustainable use of these resources
  • Extent to which technologies and practices advocated by FAO are integrated into national forest products management practices

2GP02: Assessment, monitoring and reporting on forest resources products and institutions

Development problem to be addressed:

145.     The quality and quantity of information on forest resources and their management, products and related institutions and policies appear to be declining in many developing countries. Conventions related to sustainable and economic development, as well as other forest-related international arrangements and trade agreements, require harmonized information, methodologies and assessments to facilitate negotiations, exchange and partnerships at the international level.

Proposed contribution to problem resolution:

146.     The entity will seek to ensure that international and national initiatives, policies and programmes more fully reflect a common understanding of forestry resources and their contributions to national economies, which should contribute to better management of these resources. This would ultimately lead to more sustainable forest management and fair trade.

Intended end beneficiaries and benefits:

147.     More sustainable management of forest resources, sustainable use and fair trade of forest products, as well as sound institutional arrangements and policies, would ultimately benefit forest owners and managers, as well as civil society, in particular vulnerable groups whose livelihoods depend on forest resources.

Objective(s)

148.     International and national initiatives, policies, strategies and programmes are based on an improved awareness and understanding of forest resources and forestry trends and support sustainable forest management and sustainable use of forest products.

Major Output(s)

  • Implementation of the Global Forest Resources Assessment process and periodical production of global reports.
  • Statistics on production, consumption and trade of forest products
  • Development and provision of information on national forest policy and institutions
  • Integration of reporting processes and national communications
Indicator(s)

  • Extent to which national forest policies and programmes take into account the information on forest resources, products and institutions generated by FAO in collaboration with countries.
  • Extent to which international initiatives and conventions take into account the information on forest resources, products and institutions generated by FAO in collaboration with countries.

2GS01: Technical Support Services to Members and the Field Programme

149.     As this entity largely represents on-demand services to Members which by their nature are difficult to plan in advance, no formulation of rationale and objective is provided.

Major Output(s)

  • Strengthened interaction with the field programme
  • Advice to member countries
  • Intra-departmental cooperation
Indicator(s)

  • Technical backstopping to field projects
  • Advice to member countries


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