National Forest Action Programme (NFAP)
1985, as Tropical Forestry Action Plan. Name changed, 1991, to Tropical Forests Action Programme (TFAP). Present name adopted, 1995. Co-sponsored by: B-XB0971 - FAO; E-XE3382 - UNDP; F-XF1393 - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). As of 1996, no longer exists as a special programme, although FAO still supports national forest planning processes.
Curb tropical forest loss by promoting the sustainable use of tropical forest resources to meet local and national needs, on the basis of a country-driven, multidisciplinary and broad-based participatory process, leading to formulation and implementation of long-term strategies and a comprehensive national forestry action plan; strengthen the national capacity, both governmental and non-governmental, for planning and implementation of the plan; catalyze action with the emphasis on country-driven activity, and in a fully transparent way, arrest deforestation and move towards sustainable development of forestry resources; catalyze action to improve the lives of rural people, increasing food production, improving methods of shifting cultivation, increasing supplies of fuelwood and efficiency of its use; support development of human resources and strengthening of institutions; expand income and employment opportunities; employ a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of deforestation; devote major attention to policies and other factors outside forests contributing to deforestation; promote conservation of bio-diversity and give due attention to other forest-related global environmental concerns; ensure full involvement of people dependent on forests for their livelihood in development of national forest plans.
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Not an organization but a global cooperative partnership co-sponsored by FAO, UNDP and the World Bank. International liaison entrusted to FAO. Implementation is country-driven. International action is coordinated among partners through specific consultations. International support to national forestry action plans concerted among partners at specific round tables for each participating country. A NFAP Support Unit at FAO in Rome (Italy) supports country capacity building and monitors the progress of NFAPs.
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