Support to international processes
Forests have an essential role in combating climate change, maintaining global biodiversity, preventing desertification and land degradation, and protecting important watersheds. Forest and trees also play a part in the global efforts to reduce poverty by providing sources of income, food, shelter and medicines. Consequently, forests and forest related actions are an important part of the implementation of many global conventions and international processes, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).
Many regional and sub-regional forest related processes have been launched to address forest related issues, such as the regional Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) ministerial processes, and the EU Forest Law Enforcement and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, to combat illegal logging and trade in illegal timber and wood products.
Indufor has gained an in-depth understanding of the international forest related conventions and processes by supporting their secretariats as well as assisting international organisations and agencies in the development of practical approaches and tools to facilitate implementation. Indufor has provided analytic information and facilitated dialogue to support negotiation processes and decision making by government delegates.
At the country level, Indufor has assisted governments and other actors in assessing the importance of the conventions and processes regarding their national forest programmes and other policies and sector strategies, and in finding practical ways of implementing the relevant outcomes.
- Analytic studies and assessments
- Preparation of background documents for negotiators and decision makers
- Facilitation of workshops and capacity building
- Information and awareness rising
- Advisory services to government officials and negotiators
- Assistance in developing national reporting systems