The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Danida and Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are pleased to invite you to a seminar on:
Forests, Conservation and Poverty Alleviation
– Participatory Forest Management and the Role of the Poor
Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 9.15-15.00
Danish Institute for International Studies
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
Charles Ehrhart (9.142 KB)
Kim Raben (292 KB)
Sara Namirembe (6.991 KB)
Elisabeth Kiørboe (38 KB)
Helle Munk Ravnborg (3.640 KB)
The move towards participatory forest management in developing countries is one of the most important forest policy developments of the past decades. Much progress in forest governance has been made in many countries: national policy has opened up to more stakeholders and the rights of forest-dependent people have strengthened. This shift from centralised forest management toward more decentralised local management has brought optimism for its contribution to sustainable management and poverty alleviation.
Millions of rural people’s livelihoods depend on the flow of services provided by forests such as food, water and timber, regulation of water quality and climate and recreational and spiritual benefits. For that reason improved management of forests can provide important contributions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015; in particular the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability.
Contributions to environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation can only take place with good forest governance – appropriate laws, institutions, policy decisions and practical systems. Tools and approaches are still developed and refined to translate recommendations for improved forest governance into practical approaches that can reconcile conservation goals and the interests of multiple stakeholders including those of the poor.
To explore some of the recent developments in participatory forest management the seminar presents results from researchers and practicians with the aim of providing participants with opportunities to exchange experiences and contribute to a better understanding of where participatory forest management is heading.
The seminar is organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies as a partner of the Participatory Environmental Management Programme (PEMA) and is funded by Danida.
Registration and coffee
Maj Manczak, programme officer, WWF Denmark
Forests amongst fields – rooting participatory forest management in larger landscapes
Dr. Charles Ehrhart, programme coordinator, PEMA, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Involving the poor and marginalised in participatory forest management – understanding composition and causes of poverty based on rural people’s own perceptions
Kim Raben, researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark
Coffee and tea
Piloting participatory forest management using a landscape approach – a case study of Kasyoha-Kitomi Central Forest Reserve, Uganda
Sara Narimembe, landscape coordinator PEMA, Bushenyi, Uganda
Participatory forest management in Tanzania – news from the woodlands
Jens Friis Lund, Ph.D. student, Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Lunch – sandwiches and refreshments
A gender perspective in community based natural resource management - is it relevant, why and what are the benefits?
Elisabeth Kiørboe, senior programme officer, WWF Denmark
Biodiversity conservation in the context of poverty, greed and weak institutions – lessons learned from Indio Maíz, El Castillo, Nicaragua
Helle Munk Ravnborg, senior research fellow, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required by e-mail including name, title and organisation to email@example.com no later than Thursday, 26 October 2006 at 12.00 noon. Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation.