New report on problems with forest policy reform
News||15 June 1999|update 13|
The World Rainforest Movement and Environmental Defense Fund have produced a briefing on the World Bank's Forest Policy Review and Strategy Development process. It explains:
The authors argue that the Bank's Forest Policy is important because:
The Forest Policy was established as a result of controversy and outside pressure. A previous review in 1994 failed to look at the impact of Bank loans in all sectors which affect forests, the Bank's incentive system or the social impacts of loans which affect forests.
Many Bank staff aim to lift the prohibition on Bank funding of logging in primary moist tropical forests, and support constructive engagement in certification and community forestry.
Due to NGO complaints, the review is now being carried out by the Bank's semi-autonomous Operations Evaluation Department, and a number of outside experts have been asked to write papers to help guide discussions at the regional consultation meetings in the second half of 1999.
EDF and WRM complain that the review will not include participatory field studies of Bank projects and will not address:
The report urges interested groups to inform their Executive Director about the review's shortcomings, and press for improvements.
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