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
- In the Caribbean: The Republics of Guyana and Suriname
- In the Pacific region: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and
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.