By bringing together a broad spectrum of participants from IUCN Secretariat, members, commissions, government agencies, and indigenous and community organizations, we will ensure that diverse perspectives have a voice and are able to enrich IUCN’s knowledge on governance. The discussion and analysis of the challenges, opportunities and lessons on governance will be based on practical experiences of IUCN, members and others. Participants will explore governance principles, in order to develop a shared understanding of the elements of a common governance framework. Participants will develop a set of recommendations on how to strengthen IUCN’s capacity to implement the governance component of its new programme. By the end of the training participants will have greater knowledge of why governance is so important for ensuring greater equity, conservation and sustainable natural resource use. They will understand the challenges, key issues and principles of natural resource and protected area governance. They will be aware of how multistakeholder platforms to catalyze natural resource and protected area governance as well as how to integrate customary law and norms in natural resource and protected area governance processes. They will have acquired some practical experience on how to apply these best practices in different professional contexts.