Scientific Summary No. 90, 2012
The meeting of the IUFRO Task Force on International Forest Governance in February in Singapore was the first of three "founding" meetings that brought together key forest governance experts with global, national and local foci, along with practitioners from Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. Practitioners illustrated real-world problems while the academic participants worked to suggest potential training and capacity development solutions. Practitioners highlighted major issues including land tenure, how to support 'best practices', and the trials of changing waves of popular initiatives (e.g. REDD). Two major themes emerged with respect to gaps in policy learning: assessment of needs and assessment of effectiveness.
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By Benjamin Cashore (IUFRO Task Force Coordinator), Devin Judge-Lord (masters research assistant) and Michael Stone (doctoral student and forest policy governance coordinator), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
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