This 5-year project aims to strengthen the voices of non-state actors (NSA), including civil society, Indigenous Peoples and local community groups, to improve forest governance, sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests to development of Mekong countries.
The project recognizes that for forests to be sustained, forest landscape governance must be based on principles of inclusivity, requiring effective NSA participation.
The overall objective of this 5-year (2017-2021) project is that by 2021 NSAs are empowered and coordinated in three transboundary landscapes can assess, monitor and respond appropriately to strengthen forest governance, particularly in FLEGT-VPA and REDD+, and effectively engage in policy processes.
This overall objective of the project will be achieved through the following four result areas:
- By 2019 NSA forest governance monitoring systems (FGMS) are piloted and scaled up.
- By 2020 NSAs have strengthened rights in conjunction with increased capacity to improve gender and socially inclusive forest governance.
- By 2021 effective and coordinated NSAs engage in national FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes and contribute to the development of transparent and accountable FGMS.
- By 2019 a regional NSA learning platform facilitates coaching and information exchange, including lessons learned and best practices on FGMS.