“There is a growing consensus that the traditional concession-based industrial logging model does not generate the desired economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Interesting statement – not least because this statement came from Baroness Amos, in the UK House of Lords. The comment came in response to a question from Lord Eden of Winton about the most recent decisions taken by the World Bank regarding logging operations in rainforests.
Baroness Amos continued: “DfID, together with the World Bank and a number of civil society and research organisations, is planning to support research into improved models for forest sector development.”
It seems like they’ve finally got the message. It’s taken a while. In 1977, after more than 20 years of observing at close hand the role forestry had played in development, Jack Westoby, the ex-head of forestry at the FAO, wrote:
“The fact has to be faced, if we are to be honest with ourselves, that two decades of international effort in the forestry sector of the underdeveloped world has made but little contribution to the overall development process, and its contribution to improving the quality of urban life and raising the welfare of the rural masses has been negligible”