19 Jan 2009

This paper reviews the Bolivian experience of decentralization and the involvement of municipal governments around issues that have some direct or indirect influence on forest management and forest users’ livelihoods. While the Bolivian model of decentralization of forest management moves seriously towards building democratic decentralization, some of the key decisions regarding forest resources allocation and use are still made at the central level, though municipal governments have more room than in the past to intervene in forest management.

19 Jan 2009

This report contains the IDB-sponsored system of disaster risk and risk management indicators presented at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan. The indices estimate disaster risk loss, distribution, vulnerability and management for 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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15 Jan 2009

In the South African context, Participatory Forest Management (PFM) has emerged as the new integrated approach to promote sustainable forest management. It involves recognizing the rights of those concerned with forest management and, considering South Africa’s new political dispensation, forestry has an imperative to adapt to increasingly participatory agendas.

This report contains a summary of the policies involved in PFM in South Africa.


03 Aug 2017

Photo essay: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a tiny island is making great strides.

Studies & Presentations

31 May 2016

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) is an Africa-wide environmental-governance research and training program focusing on enabling responsive and accountable decentralization to strengthen the representation of forest-based rural people in local-government decision making. This Working Paper series will publish the RFGI case studies as well as other comparative studies of decentralized natural resources governance in Africa and elsewhere that focus on the intersection between local democracy and natural resource management schemes.

31 May 2016

Drylands make up about 43 percent of the region’s land surface, account for about 75 percent of the area used for agriculture, and are home to about 50 percent of the population, including many poor. Involving complex interactions among many factors, vulnerability in drylands is rising, jeopardizing the livelihood for of millions.