IPF/IFF Process (1995-2000)
Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) and the Intergovernmental
Forum on Forests (IFF) represent five years of international
forest policy dialogue. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Forests (IPF), established by the Commission on Sustainable
Development (CSD) for two years (1995-97) to provide a forum
for forest policy deliberations. Subsequently, in 1997,
ECOSOC established the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests
(IFF), for three years (1997-2000).
by the IPF were on the following issues:
Implementing the forest-related decisions of the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
at the national and international levels
International cooperation in financial assistance and
Scientific research, forest assessment and the development
of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management;
Trade and environment in relation to forest products and
International organizations and multilateral institutions
and instruments, including appropriate legal mechanisms.
IFFs deliberations were aimed at resolving several
issues on which IPF had not reached consensus, such as financial
resources, transfer of environmental sound technologies,
and other issues left pending, including deliberations on
international arrangements and mechanisms on forests.
programme included the following:
facilitating the implementation of the proposals for action
(see below) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests
and reviewing, monitoring and reporting on progress in
the management, conservation and sustainable development
of all types of forest;
Considering matters left pending and other issues arising
from the programme elements of the IPF process;
International arrangements and mechanisms to promote the
management, conservation and sustainable development of
all types of forests.
to support the IPF/IFF and to assist governments implement
the proposals for action, an informal, high-level Interagency
Task Force on Forests (ITFF) was created, made up of
eight international organizations.
of the IPF/IFF Processes
of the most important legacies of the IPF/IFF process is
the wide-ranging set of approximately 270 proposals for
action, known collectively as the IPF/IFF
Proposals for Action. These proposals provide governments,
international organizations, private sector entities and
all other major groups guidance on how to further develop,
implement and coordinate national and international policies
on sustainable forest management.
information on the IPF/IFF process can be found in the IPF
Documents and IFF Documents.