Capacity Strengthening

Forest Governance

This page features examples of CIDT’s long track record in building technical capacity in forest governance across sectors and working to increase community participation in forest governance.

We have three decades of experience supporting forest governance and independent forest monitoring. We have delivered large contracts for the European Union, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (FCDO) and ran an Improving Forest Governance training course for 5 years to over 100 participants.

IFM Training Gabon

Citizen Voices for Change (EU-CV4C)

From 2017 CIDT successfully delivered the Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) project with EU and DFID funding, in partnership with seven non-state actors in the Congo Basin. The 4-year project aimed to strengthen the contribution of civil society, Indigenous Peoples and community organisations, to improving forest governance, sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests to development in five Congo Basin countries.

The project involved a variety of capacity strengthening activities including organisational development, experience sharing, training, conferences and events, as well as field activities including many independent forest monitoring missions.

Forest Governance Forums (FGF)

FGF Cameroon

CIDT has delivered 12 Forest Governance Forums, each bringing together representatives from a range of forest stakeholders, including civil society organisations, the private sector, government, academic and indigenous groups. Events promote knowledge around how forest resources can be managed in the interests of all stakeholders and deliver results that make economic, social and ecological sense.

Click the button below to visit the FGF website where you can view a range of media from previous events, including full presentation videos and audio recordings.  

Congo Basin VPA implementation project (EU-CFPR)

The EU-funded project ran from 2014 to 2016 and focused on two countries of the Congo Basin: Cameroon and Central African Republic. The overall aim was promote the rights and participation of forest communities, including indigenous people, in the implementation of legal and political reforms in the forestry sector linked to Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). 

Project activities including capacity strengthening in the form of training and experience sharing, curriculum development through higher education partnerships, events and conferences, community representation and much more.

Click the button below to visit the project website where you can watch several videos and download the project outputs. 
EUCFPR in figures

Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) training materials


We supported the development and publication of a suite of training materials around IFM, collated by David Young to bring together and consolidate existing training resources. You are able to download all of these Word documents, checklists, PowerPoint presentations, group exercises, and handouts.

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