The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, proposes forming a partnership with the World Bank to promote sustainable forest management. The partnership might initiate a dialogue at strategic level and further develop and implement sustainable forest management in accordance with the World Bank Forest strategy. This proposal was discussed at the Annual meeting of IFFA in New York 25 May 2005
Published by: Heidi Eriksen
The IFFA position is to welcome the World Bank’s engagement in promoting sustainable forest management and enhancing economic development in forestry. The partnership between family forestry and the Wold Bank would rest on the three common strategic pillars: Harnessing the potential of forests to reduce poverty, integrating forests in sustainable economic development and protecting global forest values.
IFFA underlines that the development of forest owner organisations provides extensive support for sustainable forest management in private forests and forests where local inhabitants have customary usage rights. Forest owners’ organisations have proven to be efficient tools in reaching large groups of forest owners and providing cost-efficient support and advisory services. The IFFA stresses the importance of including forest owners’ organisations in the consultation and negotiation processes concerning development and implementation of forestry and environmental policies.
IFFA supports the approach that the World Bank focuses on economic policy and rural strategies that embrace not only the conservation of environmental forest serviced, but especially the sustainable use of forest resources.
IFFA pushes for sustainability
IFFA’s work shows how family forest owners and smallholders play an essential role in collaboration with other major groups to push for sustainability in international forest politics.
Committed to international communication
IFFA is committed to the development and implementation of international communication strategies.
This was the main message when IFFA chair Peter deMarsh addressed the United Nations Forum on forests. The 13th session of the forum was held in New York 7 to 11 May 2018.
Design mechanism to support sustainable wood
- Identify and design mechanisms that recognise the multiple benefit that sustainable forest management and sustainable wood hade in communities, improving livelihood and cost-effective carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation.