A quicksilver forestry strategy

WORLD Bank documents reveal the following stages in its forestry policy evaluation:

1950-1978:Concentration on industrial plantations and logging operations.

1978-1990: -- Thrust on social forestry (developing fuelwood plantations) and watershed management. Forestry included in such sectors as rural development, agriculture, irrigation and energy.

1991: revision -- Focus on protection of tropical, moist forests, sustainable forest management and broad-based national forestry programme. The key issues are regulations for optimal forest use, valuation of forests reflecting economic and environmental benefits, participation of local people and private sector, natural forest management and improvement in plantation technology to increase productivity.