Forests and land tenure, forest and energy and putting forestry to work at the local level is the major themes in the IFFA position paper addressing the 18th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) in Rome 13 – 16 March 2007. In addition the Position paper strongly support the shaping of an Action Programme for FAO in forestry
The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, strongly advocates that secure property and land tenure rights are fundamental to sustainable forest management. Sustainability is by definition a question of long-term considerations and commitment.
The ownership structure is a vital part of this commitment. The best way of securing ownership and tenure rights is to create stable political and economic conditions. This also means the support of effective forest owners’ organisations. Promotion of wood and bio energy is important ways of mitigating climate change. IFFA considers FAO to have an important role in promoting sustainable wood and bio energy production. There is a need to encourage local wood energy production. Research is of utmost importance to find effective ways for raw-material and energy production, IFFA says.
Family forest owners and local communities are most important for the implementation of sustainable forest management. IFFA considers capacity building and development of private and community forest owners’ organisations as important ways of securing protective and sustainable use of forests. Participation in policy making and enhanced co-operation between private forest owners, state forest services and governments if effective means of implementing sustainable development, IFFA writes in the position paper.