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Making the forest sector transparent: annual transparency report 2011

This annual report, produced by Global Witness together with a coalition of non-governmental organisations in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia and Peru, assesses whether the right information is being made available to citizens to ensure that they have a say in how their forests are managed. The report uses 20 indicators to monitor levels of access to information and decision-making on the forest sector in each country. A traffic-light system of ‘yes’ ‘partial’ or ‘no’ is used to show whether a relevant law, policy or norm exists and information is publicly available. The report finds that efforts to reform forest sector governance are being undermined by authorities avoiding their duty to follow due processes and disseminate information. More support is needed to improve capacity and enable independent monitors and civil society to hold them to account. Moreover, data on how fiscal regimes are working in practice are inadequate.