Major Groups organized a Major Groups-Led Initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). The workshop took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 18th to the 22nd of March, 2013, and brought together approximately 45 key representatives from 21 countries. The main focus of the workshop was to develop policy recommendations for the 10th session of UNFF on the theme: “Forests and Economic Development”.
In developing their recommendations to address the theme of UNFF10, Major Groups adopted the following theme for their workshop,
“Crafting the Path for Forests to Contribute to Sustainable Development”
Participants heard presentations on two case studies and had three working groups under the following headings:
- What types of governance mechanisms can serve as catalysts for enhancing the role of forests sustainable forest management?
- How can community-based forest enterprises be developed to contribute to economic development of forest dependent people?
- How can forest products and services contribute to economic development in a sustainable way?
The working groups’ work thus served as the basis for developing the recommendations for UNFF10. It also served as the basis for the communiqué that was issued at the end of the workshop.