WORKSHOP ON FINANCIAL MECHANISMS AND SOURCES OF FINANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY Co-sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and South Africa, and the UNDP. Context The Forestry Sector is riddled with complexities and constraints calling for action in multiple fronts. Available resources and capacity are far from adequate to address the myriad of issues. The current level of ODA in forestry in 1993 was only 27.2% of the amount specified in Chapter 11 of Agenda 21, and in the present economic climate, this is not likely to show any appreciable increase. Innovative measures are required for generating funds based on the immense externalities and environmental benefits of forests. These measures will call for the development of appropriate policies, strategies and regulatory mechanisms, as well as the involvement of the civil society including the private sector, the NGO community and those directly concerned. In this context, and with a view to supporting the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF), the Governments of Denmark and South Africa and UNDP will co-sponsor an open-ended workshop on "Financial Mechanisms for Sustainable Forestry and Sources of Funding, including Innovative Financing." Venue and date The workshop will be held in the Republic of South Africa from 4-7 June, 1996. Issues for discussion Considering the mandate of the IPF for Programme Element II and the results of discussions on other related items, particularly in Programme Element IV, the workshop will focus on the following: * Costs, Incentives and Obstacles for Implementing Sustainable Forest Management; * Status of Financial Assistance for Sustainable Management Programmes (before and after UNCED); * Innovative Funding Mechanisms, and * Effectiveness of Funding and in-country Coordination Between Financing Institutions. The co-sponsors will draw upon the knowledge of various experts in this field, to produce the documents that will serve as a basis for the discussion. Participants Participants to the open-ended workshop should include approximately 70 experts in finance, economics and international cooperation in fields related to forestry and sustainable development. The experts, invited in their personal capacity, will include those from various government entities, academia, the private sector, financial institutions, inter-governmental organizations within and outside the United Nations system, as well as non-governmental organizations. Expected outcomes As a result of the workshop, the co-sponsors will produce a report containing a list of innovative policy options, recommendations and forward looking approaches to strengthen coordination and mobilize support for the forest sector and related aspects of sustainable development. The report will be presented to participating countries, institutions and individuals, and to the IPF Secretariat as an input for the preparation of the report on Programme Element II and related items for the third meeting of the IPF. Additional information can be obtained from: United Nations Development Programme Natural Resources Management Unit Sustainable Energy and Environment Division 304 East 45th Street (FF-1006) New York, N.Y. 10017, U.S.A. Facsimile: 212-906-6973 Att. Ms. Susan Becker
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