Enhancing Forestry Governance in the Peruvian Amazon: Mid-Term Evaluation of Peru Forest Sector Initiative
The Peru Forest Sector Initiative had worked for almost five years on improving Peru’s forest governance at the time of this mid-term evaluation.
Peru is still well-forested, but its remaining forests are threatened by illegal logging, which has increased in recent years. Governance over its forests has been weak.
The report noted that some milestones have been achieved, such as the first Permanent Production Forests inventories manual was approved - giving Peru data on the status of valuable species - and technical assistance for a National Forest and Wildlife Policy. It also supported the establishment of regional environmental authorities and is making progress in implementing the Forests and Wildlife National Information System, Control Module.
The establishment of regional authorities varies substantially by region. It noted many constraints in carrying out greater forest sector reform, including the lack of an adequate public servant policy and/or strategy and corruption.
The report offers detailed recommendations, such as tying the project’s capacity building assistance to stakeholders’ internal plans and strategies and documenting lessons learned.