Justice in the forests: a series of short films

Article, 15 April 2011

The Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) is a network of teams in ten countries in Africa and Asia that grapple with this central governance question and believe that solutions to forestry problems lie in increasing the power of local people to make informed decisions over how forests are managed.

The Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) has produced a series of short films that show how small teams can have a big impact in tackling forest governance. They collectively make the case that for long-term sustainability it is necessary to put social justice centre stage – and that in practice, this means investing in locally controlled forestry.

Tackling forest governance: how small groups can have a big impact

This film is ideal viewing for those short on time but have a keen interest in understanding more about the common governance issues facing forest-dependent people.

Justice in the forests

This film provides a more in-depth look at three countries where the FGLG has been active in promoting solutions to forestry problems that lie in increasing the power of local people to make informed decisions over how forests are managed: Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda.

It presents some of the FGLG's core strategies: influencing government to promote understanding and debate of the key issues, and bringing together the various stakeholders to share their perspectives.

Other films in the series

Justice in the forests: MalawiJustice in the forests: Malawi


Justice in the forests: VietnamJustice in the forests: Vietnam


Justice in the forests: UgandaJustice in the forests: Uganda


Justice in the forests: GhanaJustice in the forests: Ghana


These films have been produced by IIED and Dominic Elliot with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The content of these films is the responsibility of IIED and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EU or DFID.

A live discussion was held in May 2011. IIED's James Mayers and in-country FGLG team members answered questions on the films, locally controlled forestry, and success stories around the world. All the links shared during the event can be found archived on the discussion page.


James Mayers (james.mayers@iied.org), director, IIED's Natural Resources research group

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