Policy options for improved integration of domestic timber markets under the voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) regime: lessons from formalization case studies.
This infobrief presents some lessons learned from past or ongoing processes of formalization. They are derived from five case studies and a synthesis report conducted to bring lessons from the mining, fisheries, non-timber forest product and land sectors. The explicit goals of formalization in these case studies show many similarities with the processes that, results indicate, will need to be started in VPA countries: resource conservation and management, local rights to use and access resources, and conflict resolution, among others. For this reason, a list of actual or potential benefits and risks associated with formalization is presented.