Dear participants

This week our discussion will focus on how social protection programs and forestry policies can be coordinated and harmonized. We are asking contributors to provide examples of social protection instruments that have been implemented among forest dependent peoples and/or as a means of promoting forest conservation. In the past week, discussants gave insights on some of the social protection instruments being used around the world to help forest dependent people or promote forest conservation goals, e.g.  cash and in-kind subsidies in China and a public works program in India.

For further information on the types of social protection programs we are referring to, please see the background document for the discussions. It is among the discussion documents in the right panel of the webpage under the section "discussion resources".

Please consider discussing questions 3, 4 and 5:

3.      Which countries have social protection instruments and programmes that:

- target forest-dependent people?
- are implemented with the aim of promoting sustainable forestry among the poor?
- are integrated with sustainable forest management programmes?

4.      What key factors influence the creation of synergies or conflicts between social protection and sustainable forestry? What complementarities can be utilized to optimize the effects of social protection on forestry management?

5.       What aspects of the global climate-change agenda present opportunities for harmonizing social protection and sustainable forestry policies? What are the key mechanisms for fostering coordination of and coherence between social protection and forestry policies?