On 5th-7th January, CIDT hosted an annual congregation of forest governance experts under DfID’s Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme (FGMC). The meeting aimed to bring the 20+ organisations working on projects within the FGMC programme together in order to better strategize and coordinate on future activities. The range of activities and countries covered within the programme, from capacity building to community mapping, from advocacy to technical assistance, serves the highlight the need for cooperation to make individual interventions create outcomes greater than the sum of their parts.
2015 is a particularly important year for the forestry sector. The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme has the potential to start producing fully licensed timber for European markets, sourced legally and sustainably from forests in Ghana or Indonesia – the forerunners in attempts to develop robust, transparent and equitable timber export systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The European market has waited for nearly a decade for timber licensed under the FLEGT programme, so coordinating on how to celebrate and communicate the progress made under FLEGT is needed now more than ever. 2015 will also see a substantial evaluation of the FLEGT action plan, the convening of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals, and the establishment of a post-2015 agenda for development.
CIDT was delighted to be able to host and participate in the lively discussions, sharing of knowledge and agenda setting that the meeting entailed, and looks forward to the opportunities presented in the coming year.