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How to Know More About Forests? Supply and Use of Information for Forest Policy

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Janz, K.; Persson, Reidar
Date: 2002
Agency: Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia
Series: CIFOR Occasional Paper, no. 36
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4551
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Forestry
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Subject(s): forestry--developing countries
information dissemination
forest policy--developing countries
data collection
Abstract: "There are serious shortcomings in the supply and use of information needed for policy making in the forestry sectors of developing countries (and often also in developed countries). The main weakness is in the failure to connect supply to demand. Much information has been gathered not because it was needed but because donors were willing to fund inventories, on traditional lines, that were vaugely thought to be potentially useful. Information is usually inadequate on topics such as actual removals of wood and other products, or the useful. Information is usually inadequate on topics such as actual removals of wood and other products, or the usefulness of the forests, especially to the local people. Not enough provision is made for continuous inventories to the necessarily high standards that are needed to measure change. The way in which remote sensing has been used has often been heavily influenced by the feasibilities that are on offered rather than the potential usefulness of the results. It is suggested for example, that the resources would be better used on the assessment of changes in land use and forest covers than on elaborate cartography. A key proposal is to set up national 'Analysis Units' that will collate and interpret available information, help users to define their needs and make the link with suppliers, so that information gathering can be more driven by demand. Information at international level depends on what is available nationally, and therefore improvement should be sought mainly at national level."

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