Concerned ACP states

The Forestry Research Network (FORENET) will facilitate links between forest research organisations of selected ACP countries by supporting selected local research organisations and enabling them to collaborate effectively on common forest research domains and programmes. This strengthened networking process will facilitate transfer of results between applied research initiatives, and will contribute to building effective tools to monitor sustainable development and to test criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management under different socioeconomic and ecological conditions.

The ACP states concerned are:

  • In Central Africa: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
  • In the Caribbean: The Republics of Guyana and Suriname
  • In the Pacific region: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen capacities in ACP countries to undertake collaborative applied forest-related research that will produce results directly applicable for the sustainable management of humid tropical forests.

The specific objective is to facilitate interregional collaboration between ACP forest research organisations by strengthening capacities of selected local research structures to effectively promote and implement common forest-related research themes.

The expected results are strengthened capacities of selected ACP forestry research structures to document forestry biodiversity and to conduct research in support of sustainable use of forestry resources and their ecosystems (including reforestation, as appropriate); the creation of appropriate training opportunities; and improved capacities for interregional and international collaboration with ACP and European forestry research institutions, networking and information dissemination with emphasis on capitalising on existing networks.

Through engagement with existing networks and local and regional stakeholders across the spectrum of government bodies, research, industry, civil society organisations and local communities, the project should contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of tropical forests in ACP countries to meet economic, social and environmental demands.

 

 

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