What role do multi-stakeholder dialogues play in forest governance reform?

13 October 2009 | News story

IUCN has just published the results from an interactive discussion organised by the Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) project at Chatham House in London, June 2009.

Effective forest governance is essential for equitable and sustainable forest management. Which is why, over the past four-and-a-half years, IUCN and its partners implemented SVBC, a project funded largely by the European Union as part of its ongoing efforts to combat illegal logging.

The project focused on bringing governments, civil societies and businesses together to discuss needs, build capacity, share information and implement jointly agreed upon solutions to improving forest governance. In providing space for such multi-stakeholder dialogues (MSDs), the hope was that every stakeholder could help identify practical forest governance reforms leading to fairer and more sustainable forest use.

But can MSDs contribute to this goal? That question was the topic of an interactive discussion organized by IUCN at Chatham House in London on 24 June 2009. Speakers at the event shared their experiences and the lessons learned from specific SVBC pilot sites, and from MSDs in general, while an audience of policy makers and practitioners cast their votes on selected questions about the relevance and future of MSDs.