PROFOR and the NFP Facility
A common mandate
The NFP Facility and the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are two initiatives with a common mandate: to support national forest programmes (nfps) or other national forest policy processes. Both programmes work to implement internationally agreed priorities and objectives related to forests. However, in working towards their shared goals, the two programs take distinct approaches and fulfill different roles. PROFOR was created in 1997 and is managed since 2002 by a core team based at the World Bank. It supports analytical work and generates knowledge in the form of lessons learnt and new tools and approaches on key issues within the forest sector, such as forests-poverty linkages. These two distinct yet complimentary roles are the foundation of a two-way partnership between PROFOR and the NFP Facility.
How do the two initiatives interrelate?
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The PROFOR Poverty-Forests Linkages Toolkit
PROFOR developed a “Poverty-Forests Linkages Toolkit” to facilitate relevant data collection and analysis. The Toolkit was created in partnership with CIFOR, IUCN, ODI, and Winrock International, on the basis of case studies in Guinea, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Tanzania. The training of a dozen NFP Facility coaches at FAO in February 2010 concluded PROFOR’s direct engagement with the Toolkit and transferred product and skills to the NFP Facility for roll out in their country activities. The NFP Facility has distributed the Toolkit to the NFP Focal points and offered support for its implementation on country request.