The Workshop on Forest Governance and Decentralization in Africa will bring together diverse stakeholders, policy makers and international experts to share experiences and explore opportunities for generating concrete gains from governance reforms and decentralized forest management. This Initiative in support of the United Nations Forum and Forests will provide a platform for bringing lessons from other international and national processes. It will also facilitate the expression of voices of stakeholders at different levels and for sharing the experiences especially of local people in their struggle to manage locally important resources that are, at the same time, of global interest. As local perspectives also enrich international discussions, the workshop aims to strengthen local involvement in the regional and global dialogue on forests.
Participants will include representatives of national and local governments, civil society, regional organizations, universities and international agencies.