Helping Reassess China's National Forest Policy

In 1998, OED initiated a review of the World Bank's 1991 Forest Strategy, in order to assess its impact on World Bank lending and whether the strategy remained relevant. The 1991 Strategy had pursued a green agenda, by restricting the Bank from supporting production activities which entailed the logging of tropical moist forests. It had also promoted a participatory, consultative approach to forest sector activities. OED's evaluation included six country studies, including the China Study "From Afforestation to Poverty Reduction and National Forest Management".