Justice in the Forests: six online films and webinar from IIED

News, 19 April 2011
The International Institute for Environment and Development is pleased to share six new films about the future of forests, and announce a forthcoming webinar where you can discuss the films with the team that made them and viewers from around the world.

The films are free for you to use on websites and for TV stations to broadcast — ideally during 2011, the International Year of Forests.

The central question that the films ask is: "Who gets to decide about forests?" With deforestation causing such havoc for biodiversity, the climate and the livelihoods of millions of forest-dependent people around the world, it is an important question.

The Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) is a network of teams in ten countries in Africa and Asia who grapple with this central 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 FGLG has produced these short films to 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.

Join the head of IIED’s Natural Resources Group — James Mayers — and in-country FGLG team members on 4 May, 13:00-14:30 (UK Time) for an online discussion of the films, the value of locally controlled forestry, and success stories from around the world.

The film selection includes 5 or 20 minute overview films and country specific films from Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Vietnam.

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).


If you would like to receive a DVD of these films, please email forestry@iied.org.

More information about the Forest Governance Learning Group


Mike Shanahan
Press officer
International Institute for Environment and Development
3 Endsleigh Street
London WC1H 0DD
Tel: 44 (0) 207 388 2117
Fax: 44 (0) 207 388 2826
Email: mike.shanahan@iied.org

Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

The contents of these films are the responsibility of IIED and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EU or DFID.

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