The Forest Governance Learning Group aims to connect forest-dependent people who are marginalised from forest governance with those who control it.
Eradicating poverty and improving sustainability in forestry can only be achieved through strong and inclusive governance structures and processes, including leadership, institutions, policy decisions and practical systems.
From our research, we know that small teams working together can have a big impact on improving forest governance by developing practical tactics for securing safe spaces, provoking dialogue, building constituencies, wielding evidence of what works, and interacting politically. Collectively, they demonstrate that it is necessary to put social justice centre stage for long-term sustainability.
In practice, this often means investing in locally-controlled forestry.
How it works
The Forest Governance Learning Group is an informal alliance of ten in-country groups of partners in Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. The teams carry out research, capacity building and advocacy work. IIED works with these teams to carry out similar functions internationally, and it steers the initiative, with additional support to teams in Asia from The Centre for People and Forests.
Thematic work focuses on:
- Strengthening forest rights and small forest enterprises;
- Encouraging trade in legal forest products; and
- Advocating for pro-poor climate change mitigation and adaptation through forestry.
China’s growing population provides a large and growing market for forest products. A special exchange and learning platform has been developed to establish links between forest practitioners and policy makers in China and promote Africa China-Africa forest governance links and to explore key issues in forest investment and trade.
Ghana Civic Response
India Enviro Legal Defence Firm
Indonesia: Natural Resource Development Center
Malawi: Centre for Development Management
Mozambique: Center for Public Integrity
South Africa: Forestry South Africa
Tanzania: Tanzania Natural Resource Forum