Tanzania forest producer declaration

The Africa 2 Forest producer organisation conference in Tanzania approved a declaration with acclamation. In the declaration the participants pointed at important issues, made commitments and called upon actions from governments and international partner organisation.

Local producers must be engaged

-Forest stakeholder, local communities and indigenous peoples must be engaged in policies and programmes in order to effect framework and implementations of forest goals and targets.

-Women give full speed

-Without women forests and society will only go on half speed. IFFA support gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Small landowners are indispensable

-Small forest landowners live in the world’s forests and are indispensable for the United Nations strategic plan for forests 2017-2030, stated IFFA in the opening statement of UNFF 12.

Smallholders contribute to sustainable development

IFFA celebrates the International Day of Forest 21 March 2017 by underlining that that 2017 is the first year for implementing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development the Paris climate accord. The contribution of small holders cannot be underestimated.


Forest producers call and strategy

-Governments must provide financing, reduce legal barriers, recognise legal rights, improve land tenure, promote education and fairly implement laws in due consideration of local people.

Smallholder forestry fight climate change

The potential of locally controlled forestry is part of the solution to climate change. Sustainable forest management will increase forest stock, produce forest products and reduce CO2 emissions, says IFFA position for COP 22.

UNFF 10 analysis

IFFA has analysed the UNFF 10 outcome.

UNFF 10 position

The paper gave background for the discussion on “Forest and Economic Development” at UNFF10

Climate position

Increase forest and forest product production will generate the larges sustained mitigation.

UNFF 8 position

Forest owners’ organisations and the economic cooperation among family and community foresters are of vital importance for sustainable forest management, IFFA and GACF writes in a position paper to UNFF 8.

Joint UNFF positions

The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, have formed three joint positions together with the Global Alliance of Community Forestry, GACF, addressing the United Nations Forum on Forest, UNFF, meeting in New York from 16 – 27 April 2007. The positions focus on the Millennium Development Goals, Non-Legally Binding Instrument and Multi Year Program of Work.

IFFA positions at FAO meeting

Forests and land tenure, forest and energy and putting forestry to work at the local level is the major themes in the IFFA position paper addressing the 18th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) in Rome 13 – 16 March 2007. In addition the Position paper strongly support the shaping of an Action Programme for FAO in forestry

IFFA position on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 12)

The International Family Forestry Alliance, representing more than 25 million forest owners all over the world, will strongly advice governmental and intergovernmental policy makers to utilise the possibilities sustainable forestry and sustainable forest products can offer in the combat against climate change.

IFFA a perfect World Bank partner

The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, proposes forming a partnership with the World Bank to promote sustainable forest management. The partnership might initiate a dialogue at strategic level and further develop and implement sustainable forest management in accordance with the World Bank Forest strategy. This proposal was discussed at the Annual meeting of IFFA in New York 25 May 2005

IFFA supports UNFF

Family forestry supports international and regional forest policy processes. The United Nations Forum on Forest needs to raise its profile as global policy forum where high-level commitments are achieved. IFFA support regional processes as the backbones of international forest arrangements. Strong regional processes bring expertise to the global discussion and decision-making.

Viable economy ensure sustainability

International and national policies must respect land tenure rights and favour viable economic conditions that enables family forestry as a market driven activity. The policy framework must encourage long-term perspective and sustainable management of family forests. Viable economy will ensure sustainability.

Forest source of life

Forest is a source of life and family forestry is one of the key factors in securing sustainable forest management. The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, this states in a position paper to the World Forestry Congress being held in Quebec, Canada, in September 2003, that family forestry is important in all the main aspects of the conference: forest – source of life, forest for people, people and forests in harmony and forests for the planet

Economy drives sustainability

Economic viability in forestry is the key to sustainable forest management. Secure property right and land tenure is also a prerequisite for sustainability. International organisations and national governments should promote sustainable forest management by supporting the establishment of forest owners’ organisations and the participation in such organisations.

IFFA committed to sustainability

The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA; is committed to act as a partner in the implementation of multifunctional sustainable forest management. Family forestry and governments working in cooperation are able to seek out and implement technologies and methods for sustainability that benefit family forestry and the society. This declaration IFFA presented for the Wold Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in South Africa in August and September 2002.


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