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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

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Published Date: Feb 1, 2007

The Quest for Sustainable Forest Management: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in the Forestry Sector in Pakistan(W-107)

Shaheen Rafi Khan, Ali Shahrukh Pracha,  Nazima Shaheen, and Riaz Ahmed


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a fast growing
trend in Pakistan. Large private corporations feel that their customers and
clients must see them as socially and environmentally responsible. This in
itself is a means of increasing market share, expanding client base, and emaining competitive

However, the gap between rhetoric and reality is very
much in evidence. Case studies in forestry public-private partnerships (PPPs)
show that weak institutional checks allow firms with a CSR mandate to default
on their social and environmental obligations.

In light of the fact that certain local populations have
rights over forestland in Pakistan, we have devised a set of criteria for
forestry PPPs that cover three fundamental themes:

  • Economic (domestic and international sales of timber and
    forest products)
  • Environmental (sustainable harvesting and tree
  • Social (assured livelihoods)

In addition, we reiterate that forestry PPPs cannot be
successful in Pakistan without the complete participation of all concerned
parties, namely, the forest communities, the Government of Pakistan (public),
private organizations (private financiers and managers), and local NGOs (as
intermediaries and liaisons between all parties).