CIDT hosts the fifth Improving Forest Governance programme
Congo Basin VPA Implementation
Championing forest people’s rights and participation – Congo Basin VPA Implementation
UK and Lao Universities sign MOU on Forestry Co-operation
The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) and the Lao National University (NUOL) have signed a MOU on the delivery of practical sustainable forestry management training. They have worked together to deliver forest governance and timber trade legalisation capacity development in the Lao PDR. This important partnership is the next step of knowledge exchange and capacity building between the two universities. This agreement is the start of practical forestry management and hopes to boost Lao National University’s position as a regional centre on sustainable forestry management.
CIDT welcomes applications for the Improving Forest Governance programme 3 June - 19th July 2015
Networking Climate Change
The Centre for International Development and Training and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) facilitated a workshop in Nairobi that was attended by climate experts from Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and Ethiopia. The main objective was to capture, synthesize and share country solutions. It was held at the Sarova Stanely Hotel.
CIDT develops a partnership with the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos
Dr Khamla Phanvilay the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos visited the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) last week to discuss proposals for developing a partnership over the coming year in order to support the updating of their Forestry Curriculum at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
Business Achievement Awards
All staff in CIDT are delighted to hear that Vijay Shrestha who has managing the DFID funded Livelihoods Forestry Programme in Nepal has won the first prize in the 2013 University of Wolverhampton Business Achievement Awards in the category “Contribution to Society”. Vijay Shrestha has made an unparalleled contribution to the development of his country - Nepal.
In April 2013 CIDT was delighted to welcome the Vice Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer, to two countries in South Asia where it works to eradicate poverty: Bangladesh and Nepal. Geoff was accompanied to Bangladesh by Jo Gittens, Head of the International Centre, Pragyat Singh, Head of the University’s South Asia office based in Delhi, and Clare Shaw, Head of Alumni and Development.
Sarah Thomas has recently returned from Cameroon where she facilitated a 2 week Training of Trainers course in Independent Forest Monitoring, in partnership with the Cameroonian NGO ‘Forests and Rural Development’ (FODER). The training was part of the CIDT-managed ‘Strengthening African Forest Governance’ project, financed by the EU. The course was attended by 18 participants and was intended: to enhance the knowledge and awareness of key Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Cameroon about their role in monitoring implementation of Cameroon’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement on timber legality with the EU ; to increase their contribution to improving forest governance by identifying and reporting illegal forest activities; and to develop a cadre of trainers able to cascade practical training on independent observation to other CSOs and community stakeholders.