|All that Glitters is not Gold - Balancing Conservation and Development in Venezuela's Frontier Forests (WRI, 1998, 60 pages)|
The Forest Frontiers Initiative (FFI) is a five year, multi-disciplinary effort to promote stewardship in and around the world's last major frontier forests by influencing investment, policy, and public opinion. The FFI team is working with governments, citizens' groups, and the private sector in Amazonia, Central Africa, Indonesia, North America, and Russia. We also take part in pressing international discussions on forest policy.
We are motivated by the belief that there is a responsible way to use forests. We also see growing interest in finding alternatives to forest destruction that take advantage of the full economic potential of forests, not just immediate revenue from logging and clearing.
Business has a leading role to play We are developing case studies with innovative firms to demonstrate to others the business impacts and opportunities that sustainability presents. We are also working to strengthen the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes consumer awareness about products from well-managed forests by certifying wood products from them.
For each frontier forest region, FFI builds a network of policy-makers, activists, investors, and researchers to promote policy reform. Efforts to minimize the negative impacts of road-building and forest-clearing for agriculture, and to stop illegal logging, are part of this work.
To spark policy change and stimulate stewardship more generally we will collect and disseminate more information as it becomes available. We are also working to build the capacity of local non-governmental groups to do the same.
To get access to information about FFI findings and activities and to find out how to participate, visit our website at "http://www.wri.org/wri/ffi/" or write to:
Forest Frontiers Initiative
World Resources Institute
1709 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006, U.S.A.