Report of the TAC Panel on Forestry Research, part of the process of considering how CGIAR should implement its decision to add forestry to its mandate. It was one of seven such panels created as part of the TAC assessment of non associated centers for support from the CGIAR. The panel used as a starting point for its discussions five documents prepared by a predecessor group with many of the same members, the ad hoc TAC Forestry Panel. Four of these, excluding one interim document, may be found in other records. The Panel on Forestry Research also considered a paper on institutional options for agroforestry, prepared by an ad hoc TAC Agroforestry Panel, which is found in another record.
The panel combined what it considered the best from the institutional options offered it for forestry and agroforestry, and suggested that the bulk of CGIAR supported forestry and agroforestry research should be conducted at the regional or country level. It proposed a central focal point for forestry research, and noted that this role could possibly be played by ICRAF with a revised mandate.