Making the forest sector transparent

Initiative

Summary

This four year programme aimed to strengthen civil society engagement in the forest sector in order to secure government accountability, progressively operating in eight countries, namely Cameroon, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Peru, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

By producing annual Forest Transparency Report Cards that clearly show the progress of a series of transparency indicators for the forest sector, the programme increased access to information on forest sector activities. The project also produced a series of reports on different themes such as small logging permits, forest sector reforms and legal pluralism, which are all available on the programme's website.  

The project also advocated for greater transparency by supporting a network of CSOs working on forest governance. The capacity of these local CSOs were built independent in order for them to effectively monitor the availability of forest sector information.  This aim was to drive national and international advocacy to demand accountability and improve policy and practice across the forestry sector.

A sub-grant system managed by each Partner for the benefit of forest sector CSOs empowered communities to identify their own needs for organisational development as well as supporting local level advocacy activities. The tools available for these local organisations include disclosure and dissemination of information such as forest management plans, concession allocation, revenues and infractions forest-rich, low governance countries.

Safeguards

The programme assesses governance of environmental services. Full information on the assessment can be found here.