Sustainable Forests

Exemplary Forest Policies in Africa, 2014 Inter-Parliamentary Regional Hearing, Nairobi

Wednesday 1 October – Friday 3 October 2014

The 2014 hearing on Exemplary Forest Policies aimed to show that another way is possible, raising awareness of some of the best solutions in place to halt and reverse the plight of forests in Africa. Click here for detailed information on the event.

WFC Policy Hearing in Tanzania

Tanzania's Vice President H. E. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Billal

At the World Future Councils`s 2013 Inter-Parliamentary hearing on “Forests for People” in Dar es Salaam 35 legislators, policy-makers and experts from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe committed to engage themselves for exemplary forest policy and to serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for Forests in Africa. The hearing was opened by Tanzania`s Vice President H. E. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Billal.  He pointed out that “Contributions to environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation can only take place with good governance appropriate laws, institutions, policy decisions and practical systems”. For more information, see our press release and our in-depth report with pictures.

Forests for People Alliance in Africa

We are currently setting up a five-year project (2013 – 2017) aiming at creating a committed alliance of change agents – parliamentarians, policy makers, and experts – that are able to start, develop and carry forward a concerted best policy initiative for the sustainable management and conservation of forests in Africa. Our project calls especially for the implementation of exemplary best policies. The role of the World Future Council is that of a facilitator: We will deliver research and evaluation, set up the infrastructure for dialogue, engage with change agents, organize annual hearings and thus enable best policy implementation.  Topics will include sustainable forest management, sustainable woodfuels, land tenure, gender issues and agroforestry.

Background: The 2011 Future Policy Award

In 2011, we crowned the National Forest Policy of Rwanda with our Future Policy Award. The aim of the award is to raise awareness for exemplary policies and speed up policy action. The prized policies are meant to serve as an inspiration. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy won the 2011 Future Policy Award as the world’s most inspiring and innovative forest policy. Despite continuing population and land pressures, Rwanda is on course to achieving a major reversal in the trend of declining forest cover.

Forest cover has already increased by 37 per cent since 1990. Massive reforestation and planting activities that involved the local population were undertaken, and new measures such as agroforestry and education on forest management were implemented.

The Gambian Forest Policy initiated in 1995 was awarded with the Silver Future Policy Award 2011. The Gambian model of community forest management aims to achieve sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation by handing control of forests to the communities that use them. Despite being one of the world’s poorest countries with a rapidly growing population, the Gambian government has managed a net increase in forest coverage of 8.5 per cent over the last two decades. A Silver Future Policy Award 2011 was also granted to the USA’s Lacey Act with the amendment of 2008. With its new amendment the Lacey Act become a powerful tool to tackle illegal trade in timber and in illegally harvested protected plants and trees.

Award Ceremony Future Policy Award 2011

The award was celebrated in New York, USA in co-operation with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Forum on Forests, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

Please see here for more information on the winners of the 2011 Future Policy Award.

Read more about the Future Policy Award 2011 and download the brochure Celebrating the world’s best forest policies.

The 2012 Kigali Declaration

In 2012, we convened an Inter-Parliamentary Hearing in Rwanda's capital Kigali with the support of the Rwanda Ministry of Natural Resources, the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA), the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the FAO and GLOBE International. Parliamentarians, policymakers and experts from Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia made the commitment to take back to their countries the ideas, policies and successful experiences, to initiate and gain support for their implementation. The delegates have further committed to achieving sustainable forest management, facilitate effective programs on afforestation, reforestation and restoration of degraded lands, implement agroforestry and to develop a policy and legislative basis for community based forest management as declared in the ‘Kigali Declaration on Forests for People’. Participants have decided to meet on an annual basis to share their experiences and report on national progress in implementing the Kigali Declaration.

Please find more information in our book "Forests for People".

Please see the full Kigali Declaration here.

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