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Study on coordination in sustainable forestry development

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Contributors: Tapani Oksanen, Matts Heering, Bruce Cabarle

KEYWORD: Community-based Natural Forest Management, World. Community-based Natural Forest Management, Africa. Community-based Natural Forest Management, Asia. Community-based Natural Forest Management, Central America. Community-based Natural Forest Management, South America. Financing, macroeconomic, conservation, decentralization, institutional collaboration, NGO, policy, training, communication, evaluation, lessons learned. SUMMARY: This report derives from an analysis of natural resource management initiatives around the world aimed at determining if they are effective, if they are overlapping in their efforts, if they are beneficially coordinated, and if they place burdens on recipient countries. The authors find that most countries continue to need national and international commitment to improve natural resource management. This includes capacity building, meeting the needs of the poor, financial support, policy reforms, and coordination among neighboring countries in order to consider how policies in one country affect resource exploitation in nearby areas. From the countries' perspective, additional issues that hinder the progress of resource management initiatives include: international forest policy frameworks that are too complicated, perceived weak commitment of donors, the need to feel listened to by donors when priorities are expressed, and the need for training in order to lessen the dependence on external assistance. From the donors' perspective, the issues include: need for demonstrated commitment to the projects from host country governments, a credible policy framework, priorities established by the host country governments, mechanisms for dialog, transparency of processes, NGO participation, and identification of conflicts of interest. Developing countries are overstretched by uncoordinated international initiatives concerned with resource planning and management. Detailed recommendations are given that focus on the ability to increase coordination at national, regional and international levels. There are many areas where communication and accountability must be increased, which would help to make decentralization possible. Responsibilities should be better defined and partnerships created. To facilitate the many changes, the Forestry Advisor's Group should broaden its scope of countries, consolidate thematic groups and cultivate partnerships among them, disseminate this information, illicit feedback from host countries, continue to support policy reforms and development of national forestry programs, and strengthen linkages with other disciplines and sectors.

Author(s): Tapani Oksanen , Matts Heering , Bruce Cabarle

Publication Date: 1993

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