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Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Making the Case for Forestry

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Bird, Neil; Dickson, Chris
Date: 2005
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Forestry Briefing, no. 7
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5219
Sector: Forestry
Social Organization
Subject(s): forestry
poverty alleviation
resource management
Abstract: "Poverty reduction strategies have become a major framework for national planning and international development assistance. However, forestry coverage is limited within most Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. Very few papers examine the links between poverty and the use of forest resources. There is also little exploration of the links between poverty reduction strategies and sector processes, such as national forest programmes. It is therefore unlikely that forestry issues will appear high on the national political agenda, which is now much influenced by the poverty reduction debate. This may affect budgetary allocations to the sector, and reduce the opportunities for cross-sectoral coordination. The contribution that forestry can make to poverty reduction has to be better understood and then communicated effectively in national policy circles. Sustainable forest management can probably play only a minor role in a growth-orientated, nationally accountable poverty reduction strategy. Yet through tenurial reform forests have the potential to provide significant, long lasting benefits for the rural poor."

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