Forest Policies and Institutions

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


Course Contents

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

Course Length

This course can range from 5 to 14 days, depending on your needs.