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Annex 12: Community of Practice: Enhancing stakeholder participation in national forest programmes


  Following the positive outcome of the meeting on “Enhancing stakeholder participation in national forest programmes” which took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from November 20th to 21st, 2002, the need has been identified to develop a mechanism that will maintain the positive momentum created, develop and strengthen the collaboration initiated among the participating experts and institutions. To that effect a “community of practice” on “Enhancing stakeholder participation in national forest programmes” will be established.



The objective of the community of practice on “Enhancing stakeholder participation in national forest programmes” is to contribute to the international call (IPF, IFF, UNFF) to ensure adequate stakeholder participation in national forest programmes (nfps) processes by bringing together experts in stakeholder participation to share views, experiences, lessons learned and information on recent developments, to build or strengthen partnerships, to harmonize relevant approaches and to make them available to nfp actors world-wide.



Members of the community of practice are experts from international organizations, research and academic institutions, international civil society organizations, the private sector and individual experienced persons, who are directly involved in developing, testing and implementing approaches to ensure the active participation of stakeholders in nfp processes.

Participants of the Rome meeting are considered to be the first members of the community. New members that meet the above criteria will be welcomed to join the community of practice.



The community of practice is a light and flexible structure which will be a catalyst for generating knowledge and sharing information on the enhancement of stakeholder participation in national forest programmes.

 The community of practice will meet once a year in a place to be determined by the members.

In addition to sharing information and knowledge, the purpose of these meetings will be to report on the advancement of the different work and in particular on the ones which have been agreed to be conducted in partnership at earlier meetings. Specific topics of interest to the members or of general relevance can be identified in advance and will constitute the subject of a specific session. It is foreseen that each meeting will last two days.

 To ensure an adequate feed-back from national experiences, the community of practice will invite national representatives to attend meetings. National representatives could alternate on a yearly basis to enable the exchange of diversified experiences. The invitation of national representatives will be based on proposals made by the members.

 Dissemination of information and knowledge resulting from the community of practice will be mainly done through existing networks to which the members have access and also through the information platform which is being established by the National Forest Programme Facility (Facility).

 Other operational mechanisms such as the establishment of a permanent platform for discussion, regional working groups, etc., could be discussed and agreed at a forthcoming meeting of the community of practice.

 Chair: during the first and initial year FAO will chair the community of practice. After that period  a new chair will be elected at each meeting of the community of practice.



To ensure the sustainability of the community of practice, members will look for cost effective solutions, i.e. use of own resources and facilities, to facilitate meetings and other activities.

 It is understood that, as far as possible, it is expected that members will be able to cover their costs of participation.

 However, it has been proposed at the Rome meeting that the Facility would provide assistance to the community of practice for its 2003 activities for an amount of up to $40,000. These funds will be used: a) to facilitate the organization of the forthcoming meeting and in particular to hire a facilitator and to support experts who cannot cover, partly or entirely, their costs of participation; b) for other activities related to knowledge dissemination and capacity building.


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