Draft Assessment Report on the Review of Provincial Forest Plans (PFP) and the Proposed Content of PFP and Guidelines

The ultimate objective of this assignment is to come up with revised guidelines for PNG’s Provincial Forest Plans (PFPs). The supportive objectives are to revise the structure and contents of the PFPs and develop the WNB PFP. The assignment will identify and provide a guidance for implementation of forestry related activities at the provincial level. The approach taken will build on the work and results of multiple other assessments and will ensure consistency with the climate-relevant tracking approach developed.

The existing Guidelines for PFPs came into force in 1995 which aimed to assist the Provincial Governments to prepare their forest plans. The first PFP exercise was for simplified plans due to lack of adequate data, but as more detailed forest resource information became available, the plans were to be reviewed after three years and expected to be much more comprehensive.

Based on the 1995 PFP Guidelines, provinces over the years have added new contents, e.g. vision statements, provincial profile, or altered the structure and contents as they thought appropriate for their provinces. Additional content on climate change (REDD+ objectives) was done by PNGFA based on the situation at the time. Initial analysis conducted by JICA on the PFPs for 2008-2013 indicated that there were some changes in the structure and contents of the PFPs from a number of Provinces.

The analyses of the PFPs structures and contents of different provinces indicated absences of key legislative and development frameworks and activities. Also, with the new development initiatives at the national level, these development initiatives need to be translated and incorporated into the provincial forest development plans. The provincial social and economic development aspirations also need to be incorporated in the provincial forest development plan activities.

One of the notable omissions in the content of the PFPs is the budget component of the plan. The plan activities need be properly costed and budgeted for. Also, for effective budget, the financial sources need to be identified and sourced. Public and Private Partnership (PPP), including development partners in the provincial forest development and management activities is very important towards the implementation of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy (NRS).

A revised a PFP structure and contents is presented in this draft assessment report. This proposed revised structure and content of PFP will be trialled in developing the WNB PFP. The lessons learnt from the WNB PFP will be used to guide the review of the Guidelines for PFPs.

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