Course

Governance for forest, nature and people

Within natural resources management, there is broad agreement that the focus has shifted from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. The first refers to a situation in which the government is steering. ’Governance’ in contrast, refers to a policy based on cooperation, in which representatives of the government, market and civil society participate in mixed public and private networks. Professionals who are able to facilitate these complex multi-stakeholder processes are in high demand – are you ready to become one?

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Date Mon 2 September 2013 until Fri 13 September 2013

Designing interactive policies for inclusive, productive and sustainable forests

Policy development as a multi-stakeholder dialogue

Governance of forests and other natural resources is increasingly influenced by global trends. These, to a large degree, define how local resources are managed, how decisions about forest use are made and who is involved in the decision-making process.
This course challenges forest and nature management professionals to adopt a broader perspective, to look beyond the forest boundaries, taking into account cross-sectorial concerns and working in multidisciplinary teams. In this course we focus on new ways of policy development, enforcement of forest laws, and implementation of international agreements ‘on the ground’.

This course is organised in cooperation with CIFOR, which has a vast experience in forest and society related research. It offers experienced professionals a stimulating learning environment through a variety of hands-on learning methods. Participants will be updated on state-of-the-art forest-related research and will be challenged to share their own work and to reflect on actual practices.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:
  • be able to critically examine different policy processes;
  • understand and assess the implications of up-scaling participation to working with diverse stakeholder groups at regional and national levels;
  • be able to identify the types of institutional change and support that are needed to enhance multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance processes;
  • be able to assess the impact of your own values and personal learning style and how to further develop your competencies as a process manager.

Target audience

Participants should be experienced professionals with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Participants should be able to communicate effectively in the English language.