15 November 2007
What Could a Global Forest Partnership Look Like?
By Steve Bass, International Institute for Environment and Development
A Consultation: 1 October - 30 November 2007
In pursuing its Forest Strategy (2002), the World Bank is proposing a new Global Forest Partnership to bring together many organizations for greatly accelerating progress in managing forests, in ways that better meet social, environmental and economic needs. Its focus would be on joint action with developing countries.
The Bank is looking for feedback and ideas on this proposal from a wide range of different stakeholders before deciding how best to proceed. It has asked the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to carry out an independent assessment and to do this we need your views.
The idea is for a new inclusive partnership involving multiple partners - to include international and national NGOs, indigenous groups, ODA donors, philanthropic foundations, financial institutions, the private sector, the research community, international bodies including members of the Bank's existing forest programmes.
It is hoped that the partnership will encompass a wide range of activity-knowledge generation, cross country sharing of knowledge and experience, capacity building, technical assistance, mainstreaming policy and financial innovations across forest livelihoods, forest markets and forest-based environmental services.
A Global Forest Partnership could bring a number of interesting benefits:
Join the Debate
IIED has developed 15 key questions, which can be answered directly online at http://www.iiedgfpconsultation.org or downloaded and submitted by email or post. Documentation is available in English French and Spanish. Responses are requested by 30 November 2007.