FuGo findings launched in Brussels

Today a large variety of global forest governance initiatives exist dealing with forests and wider forest-related issues. Despite some successes, these initiatives have not been able to reverse the overall trend of deforestation and forest degradation, although this is the main objective of many of them. In this context, the EFI Bonn office together with a high-level expert panel of 38 policy practitioners and researchers in 2018 conducted a Delphi assessment on the future of global forest governance. Core questions addressed included: What are the main challenges, promising initiatives and influential actors in global forest governance? And what lessons have thus far been learnt for the design and implementation of future global forest governance and related initiatives?

On March 12 2019, the study team presented and discussed the findings of the Delphi assessment in Brussels, back to back with the meetings of the Council’s Working Party on Forestry as well as the Standing Forestry Committee. Representatives from governments, NGOs, and the EU Commission actively engaged in the conversation around what makes future global forest governance more promising and shared their valuable experience under the Chatham House rule.

Forest Governance is one of three key research areas under the EFI strategy 2025. The Delphi assessment has delivered important insights for further governance research to be conducted in the future. A summary of the findings is presented in the Policy Brief, which is available here.

Study team: Anna Begemann, Lukas Giessen, Georg Winkel.
For further information, please contact Georg Winkel, georg.winkel@efi.int