World Rainforest Movement

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Bulletin Issue 31 – February 2000


The World Bank is currently embarked in a process to review the implementation of its 1991 Forest Policy, while simultaneously trying to develop a new forest strategy. Within that process, the Bank has organized a series of consultations, among which eight regional and one country (Brazil) consultations, open to civil society organizations.

Much of the consultation will be based on the findings of the Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department (OED), which carried out six country studies (Brazil, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, India and Indonesia), all of which served as the basis for its main report. It is therefore crucial that participants at the consultations analyse critically those documents, in order to ensure their full and informed participation in the process. At the same time, there are many more people interested either on the Bank’s activities or on forests, which will not be attending the consultations. In order to facilitate participation and input from participants and non-participants, the WRM decided to focus this bulletin entirely on the issue, providing both our viewpoint and summaries of all the OED findings. At the same time, we created a specific area within our web page, to facilitate access to further information (including the full texts of the OED studies) and opinion on the process
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Whatever view one might have about the positive or negative role that the World Bank can have on people and the environment -particularly forests- one cannot ignore that the Bank is a major player within the current globalized scenario. In consequence, we decided to play a role in trying to positively influence this major actor, and this bulletin is aimed at that. We sincerely hope it may serve that purpose.


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