Forest Policies and Institutions
Training course on developing policies that work for people and forests
Over recent decades, natural forests have come under increasing pressure to meet the ever-growing demands of developing nations. Strong forest policy is essential to balance vital but often conflicting needs.
However, forest policies are not always crafted as a result of thorough analysis and multi-stakeholder consultation. In reality, they are often developed and implemented as a response to political pressure or unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. As a result, they can have a negative impact on the very people and forests whose interests they were designed to protect.
Aims and Objectives
This course has been designed to improve country-level policy development by addressing current shortcomings in policy formulation, implementation, and review.
The course will enable you to:
- Identify current cross-sector developments affecting people and forests
- Critically analyze and respond to problems related to policies and institutions
- Evaluate environmental, economic, and social aspects of forestry policy options
- Practice effective communication of solutions, decisions, and opportunities to a wide range of forest stakeholders
Who Should Attend?
Senior- and middle-level government officials and civil society representatives working on forest policy issues
Contents are flexible, but topics include:
- The role of forests and forestry in poverty reduction
- The forest policy process from formulation to monitoring and evaluation
- Forest policy analysis
- Tools and exercises for assessing forest policy
- Forest tenure and rights
- Climate change and its links to forest policy
- Forest governance and forest law enforcement
- Financing sustainable forest management
- Effective communication and awareness-raising in the policy process
This course can range from 5 to 14 days, depending on your needs.