Independent Forest Monitoring: a chance for improved governance in VPA countries?

1 Aug 2017

Since early 2000, Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) has been championed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as a way to document illegalities and promote stronger law enforcement in the forest sector.

This report from FERN looks at the lessons learned from Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, and the Republic of the Congo and asks the question is Independent Forest Monitoring a chance for improved governance in VPA countries?

The forest sector is particularly vulnerable to poor governance including corruption, fraud, and organised crime. Illegality in the sector generates vast sums of money and has helped fuel long and bloody conflicts. Even in countries that have good forest laws, implementation is weak and can be bypassed by powerful corporate and political interests that facilitate illegal production of timber.