The Tropical Forestry Action Plan: What Progress?
The Tropical Forestry Action Plan--the main response of the United Nations agencies and the World Bank to the international problem of tropical deforestation--continues to be hailed as the solution to a crisis that has now reached global proportions.
The plan is designed to coordinate the spending of some US$8 billion of development aid money in the Third World. The governments of no fewer than 73 tropical countries, which between them include some 85% of the world's rainforests are now involved in the process.
Yet, as this disturbing new report form the World Rainforest Movement reveals the Tropical Forestry Action Plan is fatally flawed. Far from curbing forest loss, the Plan will accelerate deforestation.
Based on a detailed study of nine national plans, the authors demonstrate how the Tropical Forestry Action Plan is systematically failing to achieve its objectives. A narrow focus on forestry and forest-based industries, is leading the planners to ignore the main causes of deforestation. At the same time the national plans are promoting a massive increase in logging in primary forests.
The report recommends that funding for the Plan should be halted and the whole process radically overhauled.
for a Critique of TFAP