GTZ reflects on impacts of its capacity development work and presents its vision of how to address future challenges in forest governance


Embedded in ongoing international and regional forest policy dialogues, GTZ implements forest-related capacity development programmes in about 50 countries and regions. Three years prior to the United Nations International Year of Forests, in 2011, GTZ reflects on the impacts of its capacity development work over the past few years and presents a vision of how to address future challenges in forest governance.

An excerpt from the summary:

"Good forest governance has been identified through-out the world as the only way to achieve sustainable management of all types of forests. [...] As globalisation advances, conflicting trends and trade-offs emerge which will greatly influence the orientation and priorities of our future work:

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• Forests and forest-dependent people suffer from climate change. Deforestation, in turn, is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Avoiding deforestation is propagated as a solution, yet at the same time forests are cleared to make way for biofuel plantations.

• The increasing global demand for timber products accompanied by rising timber prices provides incentives for sustainable forest management, but equally for short-term exploitation.

• Forest and biodiversity conservation efforts often lack acceptance by local people and communities, especially when they fail to meet these people’s in-come and livelihood needs.

• The economic gain derived from forests’ social and ecological services does not yet outweigh the profit derived from converting forests to other land uses and illegal logging.


• National development policies and strategies most often do not sufficiently prioritise the forest sector, which leads to a lack of public financial resources.Because of legal uncertainty and political risks in producer countries, private investment often cannot be mobilised.

[...] GTZ assesses its performance internally and through independent and external evaluations in accordance with OECD/DAC criteria. Recent evaluations show that GTZ’s work is accurately targeted, professionally planned, based on state-of-the-art strategies and best practices, and efficiently implemented through participatory and multi-dimensional approaches. [...] to contribute to achieving national objectives related to sustainable forest management [...] involves institutionalising multi-stakeholder participation, enhancing forest conservation and promoting poverty reduction. The present brochure show-cases our approaches, strategies and experiences in promoting good forest governance in a rapidly changing world."

ECO contributed to the concept, methodology of assessments, evaluation and text. Other contributions were designing the brochure and putting it into print.

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