Economy drives sustainability

Economic viability in forestry is the key to sustainable forest management. Secure property right and land tenure is also a prerequisite for sustainability. International organisations and national governments should promote sustainable forest management by supporting the establishment of forest owners’ organisations and the participation in such organisations.

  • Published: 24.05.2003
  • Published by: Heidi Eriksen
  • These are the key messages that the International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, presented at the United Nations Forum on Forest meeting (UNFF3) in Geneva, Switzerland, starting in May 2003. The position document of IFFA to UNFF3 presents the cornerstones for the implementation of sustainable forest management. IFFA underlines the importance of working through intergovernmental forest policy processes and that the forming of global policies such bee based on the nine regional forest processes. Property rights, economic viability and the support of forest owners’ organisations are the IFFA top priorities. Other important factors are rural development policies with investments on local and regional level and securing that local people also benefit when implementing sustainable strategies. Sustainable development implies-long term priorities and this also require long-term political commitment. Forestry requires a holistic approach and this highlights the importance of cross sectoral thinking an intra-regional trade policies. International trade creates the need for international harmonised and flexible policies. Among the most important supportive actions IFFA put emphasis on research policies and the governmental support for research and development activities.

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