Our work with civil society groups in forest-rich
countries to engage with policy makers to improve access to information and
advocate for capable, responsive and accountable forest sector governance –
including through IFM.
Global Witness pioneered IFM between 1999 and 2008,
through which we promoted cooperation between governments, civil society, and
the private sector in timber-producing countries such as Cambodia,
IFM entails the use of an independent third party that, by
agreement with state authorities, provides an assessment of legal compliance,
and observation of and guidance on official forest law enforcement systems (see
Between 2009 and 2012 we continued working with local
activist groups in Latin America and Africa, piloting a report
card approach to assess public access to forest information.
this, we used our IFM expertise to develop the concept of Independent
Monitoring of REDD
(IM-REDD), advocating it as a core building block in the overall