Forest Governance

CIDT is a leading centre in capacity strengthening for international development with a strong track record in Forest Governance.

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Our approach

CIDT has longstanding experience in capacity strengthening in natural resource management across the globe, which aims to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable people and sustain their natural resource base.

We have a long and proven track record in building technical capacity in Forest Governance across sectors and working to increase community participation in forest governance.

We have delivered against contracts for the European Union, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation), the United Nations Development Programme, Farm Africa, and World Bank and have run after the Improving Forest Governance training course for 5 years to over 100 participants.

CIDT successfully delivered the EU-funded project on Strengthening African Forest Governance, a capacity strengthening project in Cameroon, DRC, Ghana and Liberia which ran from 2011-2014; and an EU funded project in Cameroon and CAR with partners FERN and FPP, focused on championing forest people’s rights. We currently implement the Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) project with EU and DFID funding, in partnership with seven non-state actors in 5 countries of the Congo Basin.

CIDT services

  • Capacity Needs Assessments
  • Facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships
  • Management and coordination of high-level Forest Governance Forums
  • Institutional strengthening and support to representative structures
  • Forest Governance assessment and monitoring
  • Training of Trainers & Curriculum Development
  • Design and delivery of bespoke training programmes:
    • Forest Governance Principles & Practice
    • FLEGT & REDD+
    • Timber Legality Assurance Systems
    • Independent Forest Monitoring
    • Communication for Multi-Stakeholder Processes
    • Community Engagement & Participatory Planning
    • Effective Representation
    • Gender & Forest Governance
    • Social Safeguards & Benefit Sharing

Forest Governance Forum (FGF)

  • How can forest resources be managed in the interests of all stakeholders?
  • How can Forest Governance be strengthened to deliver results that make economic, social and ecological sense?

A Forest Governance Forum asks these questions and more, in an inclusive, respectful setting. We have held 11 Forest Governance Forums as part of our projects in this area.

Find out more about forthcoming and previous events.

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What is Forest Governance? An animation by CIDT

Key staff

For more information about our services in Forest Governance please contact a member of the team.

Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas

Richard Nyirenda
Richard Nyirenda

Workshops and training courses

Our offer a variety of courses and workshops in this area which can be seen on our teaching and training page.

Improving Forest Governance

Timber Legality Assurance Systems

Independent Forest Monitoring

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