Saturday, 28 November 2009

Int'l forest experts to meet in Bali to discuss sustainable forest system

Yet another talking shop funded by the EC and UK especially, no doubt.

BALI - how convenient when the majority of so-called experts come from Africa.

Presumably the UK people thought Bali would be as nice a place as any

to get away from the winter in Britain. The cost to British taxpayers would never be a consideration.

We need more meetings on forestry matters like we need more earthquakes.

It's no wonder no orangutans or forests are ever saved, some 'experts' are too busy attending meetings and writing funding proposals.

"The forest governance learning group (FGLG)" - I wonder what this is and how much of our money do they spend each year?

When will all this madness end?


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Fri, 11/27/2009

Experts from ten nations are slated to meet in Bali next week to show how to shift power over forests into the hands of able custodians who can promote and pursue sustainable forest-based livelihoods.

The forest governance learning group (FGLG) meeting to be held from Dec.1 to Dec. 4 will be attended by forest experts including from Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.

The meeting was organized by the UK-based researchers from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

“Who gets to decide what about forests is vitally important,” says James Mayers, head of the natural resources group at IIED.

“It can mean the difference between corrupt elites wielding their power to exclude poor people, or it can mean equitable forest management that brings sustainable benefits to all."

Forests will be central to the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December as deforestation produces about 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In Copenhagen, governments are set to agree a global deal called REDD that would see billions of dollars flowing as compensation to forest countries that leave their trees standing.

“Good governance of forests will be essential to maximize the social and environmental benefits of REDD schemes,” Mayers said.