Regional Forest Management Project - Pacific Islands
The pacific islands still harbour large natural forests of high ecological value. In addition, these forests are economically important. Since the concessionaires as well as the local population aim at achieving maximal profits from forest exploitation, resource degradation increases. As a consequence, the basis for living is destroyed and social conflicts arise. Therefore, the project aimed at assisting the responsible institutions to promote sustainable resource management concepts, to valorize timber and non-timber forest products and to conciliate interests. The participation of all stakeholders in the processes was indispensable.
- Policy advice, in particular assistance in the implementation of international conventions related to sustainable resource use. Support to the development of national policies and legal frameworks.
- Forest policy and strategic planning and development of a forest policy master plan.
- Moderation of forest policy workshops and conciliation of interests between the different resource user groups on different levels (institutional level / field level).
- Development and promotion of sustainable land and forest use management concepts (SLM/ Sustainable Land Management and SIFM/ Sustainable Integrated Forest Management), including certification.
- Valorisation of timber and non-timber forest products and assistance to the introduction of product certification.
- Participatory monitoring of natural resources.
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