Local, national and international groups and alliances of forest rights holders are working with the IUCN through the Growing Forest Partnership initiative and The Forests Dialogue to explore how to ensure that appropriate support and investments reach the people on the ground – “investing in locally controlled forestry”. The goal of the dialogue initiative is to; build relationships between the stakeholders; identify the obstacles and opportunities for investment in LCF; increase the visibility, role, and potential that locally controlled forests can have; and identify tools and processes to support enhanced investment.
The long term objective of this process is to ensure that investment streams address the concerns of forest dependent people and contribute to the positive role of sustainable locally controlled forestry.
Throughout the process LCF groups, donors, NGO’s, and the private sector have all been involved. It has also included a classification of types of investment into LCF and ensured all different types of investors have been involved in the process – the process has had up to 250 stakeholders involved to date.
As outcomes to the process to date a guide has been designed and TFD will have produced a review to summarize the key process steps and findings. WCC would provide a platform to launch these to a global audience.