New partnership brings proven forest governance strategies to SE Asia

23 March 2017
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CIDT is excited to be part of a high impact partnership led by BirdLife International in South East Asia. Over three years CIDT will deliver capacity strengthening, as well as its established ‘Improving Forest Governance’ course and ‘Forest Governance Forum’ event.

CIDT is set to deliver its flagship and country-tailored Improving Forest Governance course in each of the four project countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia) during the first and second years of the project. This will be followed up by a Forest Governance Forum in year three, which will bring in different stakeholders, from government to private sectors, universities and think-tank organisations, to civil society groups and donors, to discuss ideas on forest governance and share experiences under different themes.

Our key role focuses on strengthening capacity of the four partners. This will include developing key skills in stakeholder engagement, influencing and negotiating, training others and communicating effectively, as well as to enable partners and their local counterparts in civil society, to engage more effectively with government and private sector in promoting good forest governance.

This new five-year European Commission funded project – ‘Strengthening engagement of Non-State Actors in forest governance in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea’ – was launched earlier this year.

The project partners are Burung in Indonesia; Malaysia Nature Society; Haribon in the Philippines, and Tenkile in Papua New Guinea. In addition, the University of Papua New Guinea will provide support in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to monitor changes in the targeted forest areas.

Speaking at the project Inception Workshop hosted by the Philippine partner, Haribon, in Manila, CIDT’s Dr Canford Chiroro, representing CIDT said that:

“This is a unique opportunity for CIDT. We look forward to working with the four partners in this region, and hope that our experience and lessons from our projects in the Congo Basin, and indeed other forest regions will add value to the South-East Asia project”.

In closing the workshop in Manila, Dr Hum Gurung, the interim Coordinator, thanked the European Commission for supporting this forest conservation initiative and shared a refreshing insight into influencing change through a Japanese business approach called ‘Nemawashi’, which is the informal process of quiet consultation with key individuals and small groups to gather support, gain feedback and lay foundations for change.

CIDT is also leading another project funded under the same European Commission call. Citizen Voices for Change will deliver capacity strengthening in the area of Independent Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin.