World Forestry: Response of International Donors to Forestry Problems in Developing Countries

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The gap between forestry-related problems in developing countries, deforestation in particular, and what the international aid donor community is doing about them, is widening. Present rates of reforestation must increase by at least a factor of five if projected wood biomass requirements are to be met. Donor-sponsored funding for ongoing and proposed forestry projects, however, is dominated by expansion of industrial capacity which is likely to contribute to deforestation rather than prevent it. The major causes of these problems are related to shifting agriculture, the use of wood for cooking, and industrial cutting of trees. Some donor problems are self-imposed. There is little communication between donors, and they often implement politically expedient projects rather than forestry projects that may be more urgently needed. They may also tend to impose projects on local residents. For optimum project success, local residents must participate in the design and implementation of projects and must feel that some of their needs are being met by that participation.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Chemical Engineer, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, Wisconsin

Publication date: April 1, 1982

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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