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The Expert Consultation on Implementing the Forest Principles - Promotion of National Forest and Land-Use Programmes

Feldafing, Germany 17-21 June 1996

German Foundation for International Development (DSE)

The expert consultation "Implementing the Forest Principles — Promotion of National Forest and Land Use Programmes" was held in Feldafing, Germany from 16-21 June 1996. Sponsored by Germany, the consultation intended to further the international dialogue on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and to support the work of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development’s (CSD) Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF). The IPF work programme focuses on 11 issues clustered into five programme elements. The Feldafing Expert Consultation focused on components of programme element I.1 (Promotion of National Forest and Land Use Plans and Programmes) and programme element II (International Cooperation and Financial Assistance and Technology Transfer for Sustainable Forest Management).

Experts from governments, the private sector, NGOs and international organizations discussed four themes: sectoral planning, policies and the institutional setting; investment programming; national capacity and capacity building; and international cooperation in support of national forest programmes (NFPs). The participants — 31 from developing countries and 36 from developed countries — acted in their personal capacity and their views are reflected in the Report to the IPF.

photo of participants

The Report, which includes "options for actions," will be forwarded to the IPF Secretariat for further consideration during IPF-3 in September 1996 in Geneva and IPF-4 in February 1997 in New York. Among the options suggested for IPF consideration were: preparing a code of conduct involving financial institutions, cooperation agencies and national authorities; developing strategic planning for investments to facilitate funding for SFM; focusing capacity building on local institutions; establishing a forum for international consultation on forests; and enabling the conceptual development and implementation of country-led NFPs.

The Proceedings Report

Proceedings provided a comprehensive report of the consultation, which is available on-line in PDF format and in ASCII format.

Photos from the Consultation