The DFID-funded Improving Forest Governance course and associated grant-funded activities (2010 – 2015)

Through DFID Forest Governance, Markets and Climate grant funding, CIDT designed and delivers a six-week training course, focusing on the governance issues underpinning Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA).

After 5 years of delivery, the IFG course alumni include over 120 participants from 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Delivered in English, French and Spanish the programme includes modules on Forest Governance, Trade Incentives and Communication for Multi-Stakeholder platforms.

Bringing different sectors together

The course is designed to bring together participants from different sectors (Government, civil society, private sector, academic, media, communities, indigenous groups) in recognition that forest governance is dynamic, complex and requires the participation of multiple stakeholders. The course aims to strengthen the performance of frontline players in implementing practical steps to improve forest governance in their countries and regions.

Course overview

The course will analyse reasons for poor forest governance and look at the use of multi-stakeholder processes and enterprise development as tools to improve the situation. It aims to give you understanding and skills to analyse and improve forest governance processes so that you are better equipped to design and implement forest management delivery mechanisms, including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD )and climate change, mitigation and adaptation.

Sector context

The policy aims and objectives, processes and practice of forestry have changed greatly over the last ten years. FLEGT, climate change and REDD+ and rights-based approaches have been at the heart of these changes. There is a need to understand the changing agenda of international forest and natural resource management in terms of climate change, livelihoods and sustainable economic timber production. There are also technical skills and knowledge challenges associated with creating evidence bases: demonstrating legal and sustainable management; securing and certifying supply chains; and measuring carbon sequestration. Improving forest governance, by involving a range of stakeholders to hold authorities to account and to report corruption, intimidation and criminality in the forest sector, lies at the heart of these developments.

Programme delivery

  • The first 3.5-weeks of the course focus on core concepts and understanding the drivers of forest governance;
  • The 2.5 final weeks of the course are optional. Participants choose up to
    two modules and take part in the Illegal Logging Update Meeting at Chatham House, London.
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be invited to join a
    virtual forum for IFG alumni, to promote continued dialogue and information- sharing as well as maintain networks and collaboration instigated by the course.

Improving Forest Governance Courses

Improving Forest Governance 2015


This year’s course has participants from Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic Colombia, China, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.


  • Forest Governance Issues
  • Developing Trade Incentives
  • Participatory Planning and Communication Skills
  • Forests and Climate Change
  • Training of Trainers
  • Project Design, Programme Cycle Management and Proposal Writing
  • Gender in Forest Governance

Keynote address

To mark the beginning of our IFG 2015 course John Hudson, former DFID Forestry Advisor, gave a keynote address about the sector. Download the presentation.

“It was a pleasure to be here, to share friendship and knowledge with participants and to learn new issues and topics. The CIDT team took care about us from the first minute until the last. We have to keep in touch and continue sharing experiences for a better forest world and governance.”

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What our participants say

“The course was really helpful and I will like to express my profound gratitude to CIDT for the opportunity.”
Samuel Adane Appiah, Project Officer, Ghana

“Thanks CIDT for the exposure given, like I told my colleagues – what I used four years to learn and could not understand CIDT just used six weeks and I got everything. Keep up the good work.”
Bernard Selasie Kwakofi, Forest Management and Chain of Custody Manager, Ghana

“Thank you CIDT and IFG course. What an amazing course and trainers!”
Sony Oum, Country Coordinator, Cambodia

“The course was wall planned and the experience sharing was wonderful. I now feel so close to people from all over the world and I am even more motivated to do whatever i can to make this world a better one for everyone.”
Shiron Reece, Community Forestry Worker, Guyana

What our participants say

“The course was timely and the participants coming from different parts of the world help me to learn from the experiences of others. It also helped me personally to deal with different personalities and maintain myself.”
Shiron Reece, Community Forestry Worker, Guyana

“Overall, it was one of the greatest courses I ever attended. The course was well designed, well structured, and well delivered.”
Itthilith Ngangnouvong, Deputy Director of Division, Laos

“Please be noted that all knowledge, concepts, understanding, practices and skills gained from the IFG course 2015 will be useful and practicable whenever necessary in the future.”
Pe Chit, Assistant Director, Myanmar

“I really appreciate the whole team at CIDT, very professional. I hope CIDT keep to maintain communication with us and be able to work together in the future.”
Julia Kalmirah, Stakeholders Engagement Manager, Indonesia

“The content and delivery methods were great.”
Gavin Agard, Forestry Specialist, Guyana

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