Major Groups organised a Major Groups-Led Initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). The workshop took place in Accra, Ghana from the 26th to the 30th of July 2010, and brought together approximately 70 key representatives from 30 countries. The central goal of the event was to actively engage Major Groups and support the UNFF process by developing input and policy recommendations for the 9th session of the UNFF on the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication”.
In approaching the overall theme,
“Applying Sustainable Forest Management to Poverty Reduction:
Strengthening the Multi-Stakeholder Approach within UNFF”
participants heard presentations on a number of case studies, and focused their discussions on four topics:
- Tenure Rights, Access and Benefit Sharing;
- Traditional Forest Related Knowledge (TFRK);
- Community-Based Forest Enterprises (CBFE); and,
- Women, Indigenous Peoples and Other Marginalized Groups – Leadership for Sustainable Forest Management.
Based on the workshop discussions, key recommendations were developed for presentation at UNFF 9 in January 2011.