Growing Forest Partnerships Initiative


This initiative aimed to build up and support forest stakeholder networks at local, national and international levels. The project is now completed.

Growing Forest Partnerships meeting beneath the trees in Burkina Faso (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

The Growing Forest Partnerships initiative, which ran from 2009-12, sought to improve the connections between forestry and other sectors and to ensure that global discussions about forests took into account the challenges that forest-dependent people and local forest managers face. It also helped local communities and Indigenous people influence decision making.

How it worked

The initiative worked on a national level in Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal and Ghana. It was instrumental in helping The Three Rights Holders' Group, a network for the collaboration between family forest owners, community forestry and tribal and Indigenous Peoples living in tropical forests, create its alliance.

It also supported a series of international dialogues on investing in locally-controlled forestry through The Forests Dialogue.

The initiative was also used to inform and develop the Forest and Farm Facility, which supports forest and farm producer organisations.

Read more about the work of Growing Forest Partnerships.


Lessons learnt from the GFP exchange visits, Grazia Piras, Growing Forest Partnerships/IIED

Final evaluation of GFP (2012) (pdf)

GFP framework document (2012)


This work was funded by the World Bank.


UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

International Union for Conservation of Nature

World Bank

In-country team leads

Nepal: Forest Action Nepal

Ghana: IUCN-Ghana

Mozambique: Centro Terra Viva

Guatemala: Programa Forestal Nacional de Guatemala

Libéria: Forest Development Authority