Side event Positioning civil society in forest governance: the rise from advising and facilitating roles towards legitimate influencing
May 4, 2022 | 5:30 PM KST - 7:00 PM KST
Conference Room 308B
The voice of civil society organizations (CSOs) is increasingly acknowledged by all stakeholders in the forestry sector. CSOs participate in shaping reforms, facilitate and promote transparency in the implementation of policies, and contribute to enforcing good forest governance. But to what extent are they allowed to influence meaningfully the process?
Governments have started to appreciate CSOs contributions as they reshape laws and policies governing forests. However, the CSOs demand for governments to be more responsive to their inputs. While there are many examples of progress, more is needed to build on these successes and overcome entrenched issues. Laws and policies will be more effective if the people they affect have a say in their design. Views about legitimate participation vary among stakeholders. In the best case scenario, governments and CSOs claim to be working in active partnership to develop, implement, monitor and improve laws and policies. However, CSOs don’t always get to know whether the government has accepted their recommendations, and if not, why not. In the pursuit of good forest governance, all concerned stakeholders must share a more legitimate and influential role, including CSOs.
This session is organized as a roundtable debate to discuss the meaningful participation of civil society in promoting good forest governance. As an entry point to the debate, a statement will argue in favour of a more effective and influential role for civil society in shaping, implementing, monitoring and enforcing forest governance.
Panelists representing different stakeholder groups share their views and experiences related to the statement. Then the audience can ask questions or add perspectives. Through this session, participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of civil society engagement in forest governance. By the end, the initial statement will be revised by a committee and proposed for inclusion in the declarations of the Congress.