As participants registered they moved into the meeting room and reviewed the “board of partnership achievements”, posted what they had accomplished from the activities identified in the last year’s technical meeting and other key partnership or networking events/activities they participated successfully in the past year.
After the opening words, short introduction and meeting overview, Mr Fredrick Owino from Kenya gave a key note presentation:
The meeting continued with the presentation of case studies on practical experiences in endeavours to assess stakeholder participation in nfp from Uganda (Annex 4) and Kyrgyzstan (Annex 5). The presentations were closed with the presentation by Dr. Buttoud untitled “Assessment of participatory processes in nfp ; some basic (and also disturbing) questions” (Annex 6). Each presentation was followed by short group conversation to share experiences and insights.
Before dividing the participants into working groups, a short presentation was made in plenary by Dominique Reeb to define the national forest programme for the sake of the meeting to have the common understanding of what is meant by nfp, participation, stakeholder, criteria, indicators.
The nfp process was presented graphically and three first phases of the process were chosen to help focus the work in working groups. The three chosen phases were : i) Organization of the process ii) Analysis and iii) Programme development. The details of the presentation are in annex 8.
The participants were divided in three groups, each group took one of the three phases of the process and had the same task : to identify key stakeholders, try to classify them in function of their importance and their power to influence the decision, and to propose the criteria and indicators to assess their participation at the given phase of nfp process.
After the presentation of each group, the facilitator guided an open discussion to reflect upon the result of the group work, to discuss differences and similarities between the results of the different groups and share opinions and perceptions on the criteria and indicators identified for each phase of the process (Annex 10).
What are practical ways to facilitate the use of these assessment criteria and indicators?
Each working group selected the most important criteria and identified the actions to be taken for using the criteria in practical way. After the session each group presented its actions to the plenary.
The results are listed in annex 11.
The actions to be taken individually or together by the members of the Community of Practice in 2004 were identified in a individual working session and the action sheets (annex 14) were posted by participants on the wall.
The afternoon session was closed by short presentation of the Community of Practice Website http://www.fao.org/forestry/site/14690/en , the access to the pages and the possibilities of future development for networking and sharing information through the Website.