Providing Information on Governance of Forests and REDD+
At a recent expert meeting in Rome, the UN-REDD Programme, together with Chatham House and the World Bank, presented two new guides to assist practitioners in providing information on governance of forests and REDD+.
The Draft Guidance for the Provision of Information on REDD+ Governance developed by the UN-REDD Programme and Chatham House and the Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance, emerging from the 2010 Stockholm meeting on forest governance led by the World Bank and FAO, propose a common language and concepts for those interested in assessing and providing information on governance.
Both documents use a working definition of good governance based on three pillars: (1) Policy, legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks; (2) Planning and decision-making processes; and (3) Implementation, enforcement and compliance, and six principles - accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, participation and transparency.
|Opening session from L-R: Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank; Eduardo Rojas Briales, FAO; Alexander Mueller, FAO; Ken Rosenbaum, Sylvan Environmental Consultants.
The documents have a wide range of possible applications, from advocacy work aimed at emphasizing specific issues in a country, to a more government-centered approach where they could be used in reform processes. Participants however stressed the need for participatory approaches to the use of the documents, highlighting the importance of stakeholder participation in addressing governance issues.
Participants in the expert meeting, which took place 19-20 May 2011, included representatives from the governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ecuador, as well as from NGOs including Madera Verde, Transparency International and the CoREDD NGO network in the Philippines. Each of these representatives explained the usefulness of the documents for their activities related to the governance of forest and REDD+.
Several opportunities for early application of the documents emerged from the discussion, such as assisting with guiding the UN-REDD Programme's Participatory Governance Assessments for REDD+ methodology, forming part of the e-training courses by the International Development Law Organisation, field-testing through the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and REDD+ Facility, and providing a basis for research in the Forest Policy and Economics Education and Research Programme.
The final remarks of participants stressed the need to ensure that the documents find productive and practical applications. Lead agencies were recommended to further develop the documents, including their dissemination and translation, to continue to analyze synergies between initiatives and to encourage coordination between existing tools. The organization of a “community of practice” was suggested as a suitable way of collecting and sharing information on country best practices. Participants mentioned the need to support in-country actions through training, capacity building and pilot application.
Download the report of the Expert Meeting on the Governance of Forest and REDD+.
Read the FAO press release on the guides here.