Information for G00322
Forest Governance Learning Group - Update June 2004
The forest governance learning group (FGLG) is an alliance of independent agencies which aims to exchange learning and develop ideas on forest governance and to help make them work. Constituted by several internationally-active agencies and a range of connected sub-groups in western and southern Africa, the FGLG's participation and ambition have been growing steadily over the last year. FGLG is facilitated by IIED, at least in its initial stages, and DFID is providing support for the first year of operation of the group. Complementary work on practical governance tools is also progressing under IIED's "Power Tools" initiative with Dutch and German government support. The FGLG aims to contribute to the Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (AFLEG) process. FGLG sub-groups are up and running in Mali, Niger, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique and Malawi. A group in South Africa has been slower to find its feet but is now doing so. In each sub-group there are broadly three interconnected parts to the work: A small ad-hoc group of `governance-connected' individuals dedicated to exchanging and developing experience and ideas; policy research on situations where where livelihoods and forests are in trouble because people are marginalized from governance. In the first year, at least, this work is focused on problems of forestry illegality and regulation; development of practical guidance and tools for making progress in implementing better forest governance.