The project is implemented by Tropenbos International (TBI), Tropenbos Ghana (TBI Ghana), Nature and Development Foundation (NDF), Volunteers to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA), Groupe National de Travail pour la Gestion durable des Forets et Certification Forestiers en Cote d’ Ivoire (GNT-CI).
The project aims to enhanced capacity of Non-State Actors in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to monitor, advocate and engage with State Actors in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) - Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and Reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) processes. The success of these processes is heavily dependent on the participation of all stakeholders, including Non-State Actors (NSAs) in these forest governance processes. NSAs play different roles in the FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes. They collaborate with State Actors (SAs) on a common objective or on the implementation of a specific component of FLEGT- VPA and REDD+. They represent less powerful actors and ensure their interests are being considered. They have a role in monitoring and acting as a watch-dog to achieve transparent, inclusive and accountable governance. Finally, there is a role for NSAs in capacity enhancement amongst themselves and sharing information within their network and beyond.
In order to play their role well, NSAs should have the capacity to influence the outcome of the FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes, for which it is essential that they act as reliable, serious partners that are well-informed and operate in a professional way. Developing the capacity of these NSAs is the objective of our project.