Forest Governance

Forest governance is a pillar of sustainable forest management, and reducing deforestation and forest degradation (also known as REDD+).  As countries progress towards REDD+ readiness by developing national REDD+ strategies and emission reductions programs, forest governance is a critical foundation for designing effective programs that can achieve results.  Potential drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, i.e., illegal logging, forest conversion, land tenure issues, can be a signal of weak forest governance. The term forest governance for these purposes encompasses all interactions formal and informal that control how people interact in the forest. Good governance is often associated with principles such as transparency, participation, and accountability. The resources below provide technical guidance and resources related to forest governance. 


FCPF Guidelines 


FCPF Materials

  • May 2015: Forest governance assessment for REDD+ implementation in Lao PDR through application of the PROFOR forest governance tool (English)
  • May 2012: Lessons Learned from Community Forestry & REDD+ in Brazil (English)
  • May 2012: Workshop on Legal framework for REDD+: The case of Mozambique (link)


External Links and Resources 

  • June 2013: Blog, Listening to what Liberians say about their forest governance by Neeta Hooda (English
  • June 2013: PROFOR Forest Governance Indicators and Questionnaire to Establish a Baseline Forest Governance Situation (English)
  • June 2013: PROFOR and FCPF Report Liberia: Assessment of key governance issues for REDD+ implementation through application of the PROFOR forest governance tool (English)
  • September 2009: Governance of Forests Initiative Indicator Framework (WRI, IMAZON, ICV) (English)
  • CIFOR Governance Tools (link)