CIDT is working with Birdlife International as capacity building partner for its ‘Strengthening Non-state Actor Involvement in Forest Governance in South East Asia’ project. The 5-year EU funded project, a ‘sister’ project to CIDT’s Citizen Voices for Change’ project in the Congo Basin, will support existing FLEGT and REDD+ initiatives in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines through targeted interventions in forest monitoring, management, planning and policy, including:
- delivering training on forest governance, management and policy, including FLEGT and REDD+;
- implementing community-based monitoring programmes at priority sites covering 1.5 million hectares;
- supporting forest conservation, forest restoration and sustainable livelihoods at priority sites;
- strengthening community networks to facilitate information exchange and inform policy processes;
- engaging in land use planning and forest policy processes at local, provincial and national level;
- promoting cross-border cooperation through exchange visits and a forest governance forum.
CIDT’s role on the project
CIDT’s role in the project includes the design and delivery of four national forest governance training programmes, each tailored to the country-level needs identified by national partners. The first of these four courses will be delivered in Indonesia and the Philippines later this year. The Papua New Guinea and Malaysia programmes are scheduled to take place in 2018.
Drawing on its long experience of running similar events across West and Central Africa, CIDT will also coordinate SE Asia’s first ever ‘Forest Governance Forum’ in 2019 – bringing together policy makers and practitioners from across the region to exchange experience and discuss cross-border issues and strategies for improving forest governance.