National Forest Programme
Introductory training module
The introductory training module is designed to support a start-up workshop for countries initiating an NFP process or willing to improve an on-going one. The workshop focuses on the NFP concept and the guiding principles of NFPs. It places the NFP process into the wider context of sustainable development and international forest dialogue and its recommendations.
The proposed workshop structure and the materials presented here should be seen as highly flexible and adaptable to a country's specific conditions. The workshop should be country-led and follow the NFP principles of being participatory, integrating sectors and including stakeholders from outside forestry.
In addition to providing information on the NFP concept and principles, the workshop also motivates stakeholders to participate in the NFP process actively, to contribute to the development of a country’s NFP and to build commitment to its implementation. To achieve motivation and commitment, it has to create an atmosphere of openness for mutual learning, transparency and social interaction among the different stakeholders, representing various societal interests. Therefore, the module has to provide information on the NFP concept and contents, and build coherence and commitment for the process.
Hence the introductory training module has two objectives:
- create awareness on the nfp concept, its principles and elements;
- stimulate participation and bring about the existing potential of stakeholders.
The objectives of the three parts of the module are introduced below, with more information on them available through "The NFP for all" initiative. Both "The NFP for all" site and the capacity development module itself were developed by FAO, the NFP Facility and the Wageningen UR International.
Part 1: Introducing the NFP concept
The first part aims to increase awareness among participants and awake their curiosity, so they explore the concepts in more detail. By the end of this part of the workshop, participants should have:
- global understanding of the NFP concepts, principles and elements;
- awareness of the relevance of the NFP and, in particular, its principles for the country's forest policy process;
- contributed to the agenda setting of relevant issues to be tackled under the NFP process.
Part 2: NFP principles applied to the country situation
The aim of the second part is to internalise the NFP principles by assessing them against the ongoing policy process in the country. By the end of this part of the workshop, participants should have:
- ability to relate the NFP principles to their own country context and the current policy process;
- understanding of the organisational and institutional requirements for an NFP to succeed in their own country;
- identified areas/issues requiring action or follow-up.
Part 3: The way forward
The third part of the workshop brings together the various outcomes of group and plenary discussions and formulate concrete actions for follow-up. The workshop participants are asked to commit to take the lead in selected actions. As necessary, the NFP Facility Partnership Programme can offer technical and financial assistance to make these activities effective. By the end of this part, the participants should have:
- an overview of the workshop conclusions and agreed follow-up steps to take the NFP further;
- committed themselves or their organisations to engage is relevant follow-up initiatives;
- received detailed information on the NFP facility and its country partnership programme in general and specific arrangement in the country.