The Provincial Council on Climate Change multistakeholder forum (MSF) had a locally-rooted leadership that strengthened participants’ ownership of the process and thus their perception of its legitimacy.
MSFs working independent of government structures can connect more easily with different actors, as “sectoral egos” within government institutions can hamper communication and coordination. A local government decree issued for this MSF was key to challenging political dynamics in the region and to avoiding MSF disbandment.
Engaging both community and private sector stakeholders who have been absent from the MSF would likely increase its effectiveness in enhancing sustainable land use.
Although active participants in the MSF recognize its key achievements in multi sectorial coordination, the MSF’s annual monitoring activities do not yet contemplate reflections on its processes’ equity and effectiveness.