Making knowledge work for forests and people
Woodcarvers in Ghana are pushing for their products to be included in the VPA since they cannot be exported if they are not certified under the VPA as the time for the implementation of Ghana’s Legality Assurance System (LAS) under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed between Ghana and the European Union (EU) draws closer.21 mars, 2016
There is hope for Ghana’s forestry sector after several years and endless efforts of battling illegal chainsaw milling and its associated international and local trade which had the potential to mar Ghana’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. This hope was given at a closeout workshop of the EU funded project ‘Supporting the integration of legal and legitimate domestic timber markets into Voluntary Partnership Agreements’ held at the Coconut Regency Hotel – Accra on 9th March 2016.21 mars, 2016
In DRC the civil society has the duty to support local communities for the implementation of community forestry to ensure a peaceful access and use of resources and in this way contribute to local development. With these words Joseph Bolongo, TBI DR Congo Communications Officer, sent a reminder to the civil society at a General Assembly held in the Province of Tshopo, DRC from 7 to 11 March 2016.
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It is widely acknowledged that improving forest governance is an important prerequisite for sustainable forest management and reducing deforestation and forest degradation. Making governance work better for people and forests is not an easy task. Divergent interests, imbalanced power relations and unequal access to information, decision-making, resources and benefits all contribute to this challenge.
The 29 articles in this issue of ETFRN News showcase a rich diversity of examples of how forest governance has been addressed in various settings. The issue brings together experiences from a wide range of forest governance reform initiatives. Some relate to new lessons from well-established approaches to forest governance reform, such as community forestry; others relate to more recently developed initiatives, such as FLEGT. The articles show that international instruments — such as Voluntary Partnership Agreements, forest certification and more recently, REDD+ — are important drivers to address governance in the forest sector.
Experiences described in the articles demonstrate that forest governance challenges do not have “one-size-fits-all” solutions. They also show that regardless of the entry point to initiate forest governance reform, there is always a set of underlying inter-related governance issues. Therefore, an integrated process approach is essential to successfully address forest governance reform. The participatory processes of “good” forest governance create the capacity for continuous learning and enhance the ability to adapt to lessons learned. The articles reveal that transparency, communication and access to information, and multi-stakeholder engagement in deliberative processes, particularly the meaningful participation of disadvantaged groups, are essential ingredients in moving forward with forest governance.
ETFRN News No. 53, produced by Tropenbos International, has been made possible by the financial assistance of the European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Facility, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland, and the Government of the Netherlands.