About 70 poor countries are engaged in PRSP processes which involve a comprehensive and participatory diagnosis of poverty, the prioritization of actions to be taken, and the development of targets, indicators and systems for monitoring and evaluating progress towards them. Monitoring is based on data gathered by national statistical institutions, and on sectoral poverty monitoring.
However, the poverty case for the forest sector has scarcely begun to be made to National Governments. PROFOR, IUCN, ODI, CIFOR and Winrock International decided to remedy this by producing the Poverty-Forests Toolkit. Testing and development took place originally in Indonesian Papua and Tanzania, and is currently ongoing in Uganda, Ghana, Madagascar and Cameroon. In 2008 it will be used in China and south-east Asia. For more information, see the article from arborvitae 35, entitled "The poverty-forests toolkit".
The Poverty-Forests toolkit uses modified forest-focused PRA techniques to identify levels of forest dependence among richer and poorer local people and as they affect men and women. After a wealth-ranking exercise, the toolkit gathers data on trends over the past 30 year or so and helps villagers to identify what they think are the key forest problems in their area, and their potential solutions. The toolkit is being adapted for use in landscape management activities and with other tools. The original version can be downloaded from the PROFOR website at http://www.profor.info/toolkits.html. The updated version can be obtained directly from firstname.lastname@example.org