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Our transparency indicators

Freedom of Information
The Independent Information Commissioner was nominated in 2012 but supporting procedures and resources are still lacking. Public bodies, including the Forestry Development Authority, are not meeting their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act. Read more...
Private Use Permits
The full extent of Private Use Permits covering a vast area of forests, including communal lands, was exposed over 2012. Lack of information, consultation and verification on these permits represented a major failure in forest transparency and governance. Read more...
Voluntary Partnership Agreement
The VPA with the European Union includes an annex on public information, but an assessment in 2012 showed that many of the key documents and data specified in it are not regularly published and disseminated to local people. Read more...
Benefit Sharing
Although data is available on collection of forest taxes, the National Benefit Sharing Trust Board has not received any funds for land rental royalties collected from logging companies, and therefore not been able to distribute the share that is due to local communities. Read more...
Available to public
  • Yes!
  • Partial
  • No
  • N/A
Change in year
  • Significantly improvedSignificantly improved
  • ImprovedImproved
  • No ChangeNo Change
  • WorsenedWorsened
  • Significantly worsenedSignificantly worsened
Other Facts Other Facts
Vital Statistics
95 people per km2 of forest
4.1 million total population
Corruption Perception Index
Corruption Perception Index
Corrupt Clean
43,290 km2 forests
( 44.9% of land area )
-0.7% annual deforestation rate
GDP per capita PPP $585
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