The World Bank has released its long awaited draft policy on forests. It severely weakens the existing Operational (OP) Policy on Forests of 1993. Environmental group pressure led to the current policy that bans Bank funding of logging in primary moist tropical forests. Over the past several years, the World Bank has sought to resume financing of "sustainable forest management" activities in the World's dwindling primary forests, particularly in the tropics.
Letter signed on by NGOs.
Mr. James D. Wolfensohn
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
Re: Draft Operational Policy on Forests
Dear Mr. Wolfensohn,
We are writing to you to express our dismay and rejection of the current draft OP on Forests which was placed on the World Bank's website on June 10, 2002.