Partnering up for Good Forest Governance

9 January 2010 (Block 1: Governing Natural Resources)


About the lecture:
In this lecture, Dr. Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen speaks about features of good forest governance and what partnerships between actors from the public and private sector and civil society can contribute to it. She will argue that partnerships are needed, first, to be able to deal with an increasing number of actors in forest governance and management. Second, partnerships are needed because the scope of forest governance and management is tending to broaden with greater attention being paid to social objectives at community level. Thirdly, there is the need to address issues that help create the proper political, legal and institutional context in which sustainable forest management can thrive. Evidence from Brazilian Amazonia suggests that product-oriented partnerships have some potential to combine conservation and development goals, but that they are no panacea for forest destruction or forest-bases poverty. Politically oriented partnerships or CSO alliances are also needed to act as watchdogs and lobby for enabling policies and favourable governance conditions. A case from Colombian Amazonia furthermore makes clear that characteristics and outcomes of partnerships are subject to dynamics that may alter actor and power constellations, and consequently negotiated priorities and activities undertaken by the partnership.

Dr. Mirjam Ros-Tonen

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