Guide Published on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry

11 January 2013: The Growing Forest Partnerships initiative has published the “Guide for Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry” in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Bank, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Forests Dialogue.

The Guide is the output of 11 international dialogues on supporting and improving investments in locally controlled forestry bringing together over 400 experts and investors. The publication focuses on maximizing returns and reducing risks from enabling and asset investments in forestry managed by local communities for the benefit of both investors and beneficiaries. It also suggests ways to build effective partnerships to achieve such results.

The Guide is structured to consider the different stages of investments which include “proposition, establishment, validation, preparation, negotiation and performance management,” and provides actionable guidance based on case studies and lessons learned. The Guide is produced as part of a forestry and land use series. [Publication: Guide for Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry]