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Forests for people inter parliamentary hearing spreading best policies the wfc approach

Forestsfor People - Inter-Parliamentary HearingSpreading Best Policies: The WFC Approach

World future council voice of future generations
World Future Council – Voice of Future Generations

The World Future Council endeavors to bring the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. We inform policy makers about future just policies and advise them on how to implement these. Political solutions for the challenges of our time exist.

Future policy award
Future Policy Award

2009 Exemplary Policies for Food Security

2010 Best Biodiversity Policies

2011 Forests for People

2012 Protection of oceans and coasts

2013 Innovative Policy Solutions for Disarmament

2014 Ending Violence against Women and Girls

2015 Children‘s Rights

The Future Policy Award celebrates policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations.

The aim of the award is to raise global awareness for these exemplary policies and to speed up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies.

The Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level.

Windhoek namibia
Windhoek, Namibia

  • July 2014: Workshop withNamibian Mayors, Food Security Secretariat of Belo Horizonte, international experts from the food security arena, local and national government representatives from Namibia, civil society and private sector representatives

  • Declarationsignedby 25 Namibian Mayors

  • Task Force in Windhoek toimplement Food Banks and Urban Agriculture

  • Kick-off on World Food Day 16 October 2014

Forests for people inter parliamentary hearing spreading best policies the wfc approach

Winning policies
Winning America and the Caribbean, 1967 Policies

Gold Award Winner

Rwanda’s National Forest Policy

Silver Award Winner

The Gambia’s Community Forest Management Programme

The USA’s Lacey Act

20 policies from 16 countries nominated from Africa (2), Asia (6), Europe (4), Latin America (7) and North America (1).

Key features of rwanda s forest policy
Key Features America and the Caribbean, 1967 ofRwanda‘sForestPolicy

Key features:

  • Massive national reforestation activities, promoting the planting of indigenous species on all suitable land

  • Education on forestry issues which is integrated into school curricula and schools involved in reforestation

  • Promotion of wood-saving techniques and alternative energy sources

  • Development of agro-forestry to improve soil and crop productivity, create rural income-generation and satisfy local timber demands

  • Protection of indigenous plant species used for local traditional medicines

A ban on plastic bags
A America and the Caribbean, 1967 ban on plasticbags

  • Rwanda outlawed plastic bags back in 2008

  • Umuganda 2005: Public was shocked after collectingbags

  • raising public awareness: experiences were collected and retold

  • including the media: accompanied by a nationwide television and radio campaign against plastic bags, including films onbusses and planes

  • incentives for the economy to produce alternatives (cotton, palm or banana leaves)

  • laws and regulations including all public institutions.

Forest policies as a driver for change
FOREST POLICIES AS A DRIVER FOR CHANGE America and the Caribbean, 1967

National forest policies can have great impact if they address complex cross-sector challenges on the ground.

National forest policies in Africa can be a key driver in addressing the challenge of governing landscapes because they provide a mechanism to involve local people.

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Key success factors
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS America and the Caribbean, 1967

Key Success Factors in Forest Governance

Political will

A clear, measurable target

Strong institutions with sufficient budgets

Decentralised governance structures

Anti-corruption measures and law enforcement

Involvement of economic issues and actors

Benefit for local communities / income generation for local people

Equal but limited land and property rights

Gender issues mainstreamed

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World future council work on forests for people

  • Future Policy Award 2011

  • 2012 Hearing in Kigali, Rwanda: Kigali Declaration

  • 2013 Hearing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Declaration

  • 2014 Hearing in Nairobi, Kenia

Thank you

thank America and the Caribbean, 1967 you