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

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

Publication details

  • Thursday | 01 Feb, 2007
  • Shaheen Rafi Khan, Nazima Shaheen
  • Working Papers
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Shaheen Rafi Khan, Ali Shahrukh Pracha,  Nazima Shaheen, and Riaz Ahmed 2007

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 plantation)
  • 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).