Advisory services for sustainable development must be offered on a number of decision-making levels starting by creating a global alliance, providing appropriate national frameworks and enabling communities to care for their own concerns. Governance is key to address e.g. the major determinants which encourage (or discourage) people to engage in sustainable resources management: land ownership and resource tenure, collection and sharing of revenues, taxation, management restrictions, rules for investment etc.

If development cooperation is to improve the odds of sustainable development it needs to address political, legal/ regulatory and institutional issues. It needs to deal with a rapidly expanding scope of stakeholders – in the area of natural resources managment e.g. rural communities, forest owners, timber industry, environmental groups and forestry professionals/public administrators.

In large parts of the developing world the global shift of paradigms towards democratisation (devolution of power, decentralisation, privatisation) has encouraged governments to embark on policy and administrative reforms. Support to these processes in the form of capacity building will be required for some time to capacitate decentralised administrations to fulfil their mandates.

On the other hand, more narrowly defined sectoral interventions in the areas of (agro)forestry, watershed management or nature conservation practically always touch on issues of legal security, land use policies and the development of national economies. As such they provide a valuable entry point for governance initiatives.

Services include:

  • policy and stakeholder analyses
  • legal and institutional analyses
  • moderation and mediation in consultative fora of various kinds and on different levels
  • capacity building
  • training support.

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