Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

IUCN has published a new report on forest governance structures, systems and stakeholders in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam.

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field Photo: IUCN

This report synthesises the findings of six participatory national assessments carried out under IUCN's Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) global forest governance project. The purpose of these assessments was to provide an understanding of the policy, regulatory and institutional obstacles to using forests sustainably. Each produced many valuable findings, insights and recommendations for improving forest governance, all of which were validated through broad stakeholder consultation. A number of these recommendations have been taken up and implemented by the states concerned, leading to concrete improvements in governance systems.

The synthesis provides a background to the concept of governance and how it has evolved in the fields of development and conservation. Drawing on a review of different definitions of governance, it identifies 7 key elements of governance (laws, institutions, processes, accountability, transparency, participation, predictability) and uses these to synthesise the findings of the assessments.

This report has been produced jointly by IUCN's Forest Programme, Environmental Law Programme, and Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group. It is aimed at IUCN members, partners and staff working on forest and governance issues, as well as a wider audience of interested laymen and specialists alike.

Work area: 
Forests
Environmental Law
Forests
Ecosystems
Livelihoods
Forests
Forests
Forests
Forests
Livelihoods
Locally Controlled Forests
Forests
REDD+
Environmental Law
Environmental Governance
Location: 
Asia
South America
East and Southern Africa
West and Central Africa
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam
South America
Asia
Ghana
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
North America
Project and Initiatives: 
Dialogue forêts
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