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Multi-stakeholder processes conference announced

This year ProForest celebrates its 10th anniversary. As part of these celebrations ProForest will convene a conference on International Multi-Stakeholder Processes in Natural Resource Management. The conference will be convened in cooperation with the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford and the Rainforest Alliance, and will take place in Oxford, UK on Tuesday 14th September 2010.

Over the past decade multi-stakeholder processes have been increasingly used to seek international agreements on standards, policies and practices for natural resource management. Among the best known examples are international agriculture, forestry, and fisheries certification schemes, EU forest law and governance processes and round-tables on biofuels, agricultural commodities, REDD and conservation planning. Much of this has been ground-breaking work, with successes and pitfalls along the way.

While there have been many successes, challenges remain – such as building inclusive processes that also deliver results in a timely and cost-effective way, meaningful representation of minority groups, and achieving effective national engagement for interpretation and delivery at national and regional scales.

This conference presents a unique opportunity to reflect on what has been learned from these processes, and to seek practical solutions to common remaining challenges.


Published 10.07.2010