International NGO/IPO Forest Policy Implementation Monitoring
Non-governmental and indigenous people's
organizations (IPOs) active in the IPF and IFF announced at IFF-3
that they would initiate a monitoring and reporting project to provide
initial input on countries' successes and failures in implementing
the IPF Proposals for Actions. At the Monday night side event, the
NGO/IPO group presented a draft of its report.
left to right: Bill Mankin, Global Forestry Policy Project; Sofia
Ryder, FERN; Lambert Okrah, Institute of Cultural Affairs, Ghana;
Bill Ritchie, Worldforest UK;
Hans Verolme, Bionet USA; and Cesar Viteri, Latin American Forest
In this special RealAudio presentation, Bill Ritchie (right),
Worldforest UK, outlines the preliminary findings of the report.
question and answer period, some of the delegates in attendance
reacted strongly to the report, stating that it contained numerous
mistakes and information taken out of context. The draft of the
report can be previewed soon at http://www.bionet-us.org/.
The final version of the report is to be completed by and presented