DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY & FISHERIES. Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs Briefings on the Budget & Strategic Priorities: 2009/10 10 June 2009 Forestry Branch. REALIGNMENT OF DEPARTMENTS & IMPLICATIONS.
Water and Environmental Affairs
Briefings on the Budget & Strategic Priorities:
10 June 2009
Forestry (Programme 4 – Vote 34):
78 at National office & 3 409 in Regional offices – high vacancy rate due to previous restructuring)
Activities of the branch contribute to the following Strategic priorities of Government:
Speeding up growth and transforming the economy to create decent work and sustainable livelihoods.
Comprehensive development strategy linked to land and agrarian reform and food security.
Strengthen skills and human resource base.
Pursuing Africa advancement and enhanced international cooperation.
Sustainable resource management and use
Forestry Resources – Three main components:
Forestry Resources (continued):
Economic Benefits from Forest Resources
CHALLENGES … I/II
CHALLENGES … II/II
Legal & Policy Framework
1.STRATEGIC PRIORITY:Sustainable resource management and use
4. STRATEGIC PRIORITY: Pursuing Africa advancement and enhanced international cooperation
5.STRATEGIC PRIORITY:Comprehensive (rural) development strategy linked to agrarian reform and food security
Commitment to work globally, regionally and nationally to achieve (by 2015):
Global objective 1
Reverse the loss of forest cover worldwide through sustainable forest management, including protection, restoration, afforestation and reforestation and increase efforts to prevent forest degradation;
Global objective 2
Enhance forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits, including by improving the livelihoods of forest dependent people;
Global objective 3
Increase significantly the area of protected forests worldwide and other areas of sustainably managed forests, as well as the proportion of forest products from sustainably managed forests;
Global objective 4
Reverse the decline in official development assistance for sustainable forest management and mobilize significantly increased, new and additional financial resources from all sources for the implementation of sustainable forest management.