For the forestry sector in 2016, there’s a lot that feels new and a lot that feels normal.  The Paris climate agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) all take us into new territories.  But much remains as it was – deforestation and forest degradation are still major challenges and many feel the full potential of forests are still not being fully grasped. 

So practitioners from recipient countries, donor countries, multilateral development banks, civil society organizations and the private sector gathered last week in Oaxaca, Mexico for the CIF’s Forest Investment Program Pilot Country Meetings to discuss trends and themes prevalent in the sector and work together on solutions based on practical experiences. 

Pilot Country Meetings take place each year and offer a chance for all members of the FIP community to learn from one another, exchange views and experiences and drive fresh initiatives grounded in diverse perspectives.  This year was no different and three main themes emerged from the busy buzz of conversations.

Firstly, while the picture varies across countries, one common discussion point was the multiple pressures forests are under.  A rising population, agricultural expansion, logging – the drivers of deforestation are multiple and serious, with research from the World Resources Institute showing 30 percent of global forest cover has been cleared and 20 percent degraded. 

Because if demands for and governance of forests involve a number of different parties then the solutions should too.  That’s why the FIP brings together government departments, multilateral development banks, the private sector and indigenous peoples and local communities in client countries. 

Secondly, forests are increasingly being viewed as central to a low-carbon future. Simply put – climate change cannot be slowed and neither the Paris climate agreement nor the Sustainable Development Goals will be delivered unless we pay attention to forests.  Because here’s the thing – forests can actually remove harmful carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere.  And with cleaner air, purer water and preserved biodiversity, there are many positive side effects of keeping forests standing. 

For example, in Laos, the Forest Investment Program and partner multilateral development banks are helping provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities, investing in commercially viable and environmentally sustainable projects and strengthening the enabling environment.  That’s in addition to the benefits all of us receive when carbon is absorbed rather than emitted.

Thirdly, no single person or group has all the answers.  In many ways, it’s like a soccer team – every part of the team has their own role but they need to work together to achieve successes.  Teamwork and collaboration is key.  That’s where the FIP’s convening capacity is crucial because maximizing forests’ climate and development impacts requires all actors working together and champions at the highest levels of government. 

Over the two days, we heard a lot about the FIP’s Dedicated Grant Mechanism.  This is an innovative grant program for fighting forest loss which puts project design and funding decisions in the hands of indigenous peoples and local communities.  This gives them the power to set priorities and implement programs aimed at conserving their natural environment.  So the FIP provides funding and foundations and through the DGM catalyzes the power and potential of indigenous peoples and local communities.  It’s a powerful combination.

Experience brings learning, change brings opportunity and pilot country meetings bring ideas and innovation.  By convening a wide range of actors and harnessing their impressive body of knowledge for improved policies and practices, the FIP is aiming to make putting forests at the heart of sustainable development the new normal.   


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To whom it may concern.
Dear sirs,
We are hereby writing to enquire of the above project.
We are based in Northern Uganda and we in two different community groups:
Group 1. those who have already planted trees ranging from two(2) acres to one hundred(100) acres.
Group 2. those who have land of several acres and have interest in planting trees, provided
they can get support to carry out the projects.
thank you very much,
Yours faithfully,
Godfrey Obua
CEO-Concerns for Development-C4D

Dear Sir/Madam
Rufiji Social Development Initiative _RUSODI
Box 91Kibiti/Pwani
I am a Executive General of Organization working in Rufiji District where its known by its resource endowment particularly forest cover. But currently due to increase of logging, charcoal making, firewood and shifting cultivation has threaten the availability of firest species due to human activities enchroaches forest cover.
I hereby write, if we can have aid to work together whether with you or any aiding opportunity you know because we have addressed it for quite many donors but its turn unknown and the problem remain rampant. We need to raise awareness in society, we need to cover water sources, we need to plant permanent and hard wood trees in order to restore the lost beauty.
Abdallah Mikulu
Executive General

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Rufiji Social Development Initiative -RUSODI
P O Box 91
Dear sir / Madam
On behalf of RUSODI, I am writing to yuo in order to seek partner and/or aid to help my society who engage into forest recovery in Rufiji District in Tanzania.
The distrct known by its forest resources and biodiversity ranges in resrved and non reserved areas. Due to the increase of socio-economic activities like logging, charcoal, firewood and shifting cultivation more forest cover had been cleared and recovery activities left to few people. This situation left endangered hard woodforest species disappearing and rare species to extinct.
Hence, I am dedicated to raise awareness, planting and protecting the nature purposeful for fighting goal number 14 and 6 on SDGs.
for more information , please visits , , facebook page Rufiji Social Dev' Inititaive -RUSODI , Mazingira Plus,
I need to here from you
Abdallah Mikulu
Executive General

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