National forest programmes (NFPs) and other sector strategies
Long-term policies and strategies are required in the forest sector. Decisions implemented today will have their full effect often only after several decades. National forest programmes (NFPs) are an internationally recognised tool to promote and facilitate forest sector development in the medium and long terms. Indufor has a long track-record in working on NFP exercises, both at the country level and internationally. Indufor is known to be one of the centres of excellence in knowledge and expertise related to forest policy, strategy and sector programmes.
Sectoral strategy processes, such as NFPs, are highly sensitive and often politically complex undertakings. Supporting them requires special process facilitation skills combined with strong professional expertise on sectoral, cross-sectoral and macro issues.
In addition to process consulting, we also provide advice and assistance in collecting and analysing information on key issues, and presenting results in a suitable format for debate among stakeholders and for informed decision-making processes. We analyse and advise on key issues in forest policy implementation, such as enforcement, decentralisation and devolution of authority, privatisation and commercialisation of forest management, valuation of the environmental and other non-market services of forests, etc.
The scope of our analysis and advice typically covers macro-level eg, poverty reduction strategies, public sector reform, governance and cross-sectoral eg, land-use planning, rural development, and agricultural issues in addition to traditional forestry planning. Indufor supports the formulation and implementation of NFPs and other sector strategies.
- Process consulting to ensure that emerging NFP is appropriate to the national conditions and meets the international criteria
- Developing appropriate mechanisms for information dissemination, public participation, conflict resolution and consensus building
- Assessment of opportunities, constraints, and inter-sectoral linkages (sector review)
- Support to forest policy formulation
- Review and revision of forest legislation
- Institutional reform and change management
- Formulation of sector development strategies
- Formulation of development programs and projects
- Support and facilitation of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in the forest sector
- Training and capacity building
- Coaching in sectoral leadership
- Design and implementation of sectoral monitoring systems