School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV) This new short course provides managerial level professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and tools needed to design, implement and monitor more equitable and just forest governance schemes.
Policy debates and on-the-ground work on new forest governance schemes, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), payments for environmental services (PES) and forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT), increasingly focus on the need to enhance equity and serve the essential rights and needs of people. These justice concerns are particularly expressed in discussions on the recognition of rights, participation of stakeholders, sharing of benefits, and development of grievance mechanisms. Whilst there is a growing understanding of the value of social justice in forest governance, creating a win-win environment for communities, governments and companies, turning rhetoric into reality remains slow and challenging.
With the appropriate tools in hand, practitioners can operationalise justice in REDD+, PES and FLEGT beyond the application of ‘do no harm’ principles and social safeguards. This is pivotal for developing socially sound and effective forest governance schemes that maximise benefits for communities, governments and companies.
By combining theory and practice, the course offers an excellent setting to reflect on justice challenges in forest governance, to exchange experiences with researchers and experts, and to develop personal action plans.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV), United Kingdom