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Forest transparency

Global Witness is working with civil society groups in forest-rich countries to engage with policy makers and advocate for capable, responsive and accountable forest sector governance. The Making the Forest Sector Transparent project supports local environmental and human rights campaigners in up to eight countries to monitor transparency and to advocate on issues of importance to local communities.

We launched the first ever Forest Sector Transparency Report Card, as a website, on 21 January 2009. The pilot report card consists of some seventy 'yes/no' questions on the availability of information across 15 themes, including:

  • Freedom of information laws
  • Forest policy and laws
  • Forest and land tenure
  • Permit allocation process
  • Logging operations
  • Oil / mining permits and information
  • Taxes, revenues, and redistribution

The report assesses and compares this information critical to forest use and management in four countries: Peru, Ghana, Cameroon and Liberia. It takes a right-based approach, looking top-down at the legal obligations each state has to enhance transparency and participation in decision making (including reference to the individual country Constitution, any Freedom of Information legislation, and any sector-specific laws), and bottom-up, working with forest-dependent communities to identify information needs in order that communities can assert their rights, and hold duty-bearers (government and others) to account.

For further information please go to our dedicated Forest Transparency Report Card website (opens in new window).

The project team can be contacted on im@globalwitness.org or foresttransparency@globalwitness.org.

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