Family forestry supports international and regional forest policy processes. The United Nations Forum on Forest needs to raise its profile as global policy forum where high-level commitments are achieved. IFFA support regional processes as the backbones of international forest arrangements. Strong regional processes bring expertise to the global discussion and decision-making.
Published by: Heidi Eriksen
This was the main message in the position paper the International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, presented to the United Nations Forum on Forest, UNFF5, gathered in New York in mid May 2005.
In the position paper IFFA reminded UNFF5 that family forest owners are one of the most important major groups for the implementation of sustainable forest management and contributors to the Millennium Developments Goals.
IFFA highlights three important strategies. There has to be a sound legislation and secure property rights for supporting sustainable forest management. There has to be cross sectoral engagement because the forest sector is highly dependent on other sectors in politics and economy. The family forestry must be supported through capacity building, training and given the possibilities to partner in the policy and decision making.
Peter deMarsh air Flight victim
On Sunday the 9 of Marsh 2019 died in the crash of an air flight between Addis Abeba and Nairobi on his way to an IFFA conference on Family Forestry and Climate Change.
Peter deMarsh was President of the International Family Forest Alliance IFFA, since 2011.
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.