Participants from tropical forest countries across the
world are taking part in a course run by the University of
Wolverhampton to support conservation efforts.
The University’s Centre for International
Development and Training (CIDT) is playing host to a group of
23 students including lawyers and members of forestry departments
and civil rights organisations.
The Improving Forest Governance course objectives are to provide
an overview of rapidly changing international policies toward
tropical forest management and stopping illegal logging.
Organiser Des Mahony, Senior Lecturer at CIDT, based at the
University’s Telford Campus, said: “Forest loss accounts for 20% of
CO2 emissions, according to latest scientific analysis, so reducing
deforestation is extremely important for the global climate. In
addition some of the poorest people in the world and some of the
richest biodiversity on the planet depend on tropical forest
“There needs to be more support in terms of governance of
forests. In classroom sessions the group are exchanging their
experiences of problems leading to criminality, corruption and
unsustainable loss of forests, as well as sharing good practice and
strategies to counter these problems.”
Visiting speakers from International NGOs, European Research
Institutes and UK Aid agencies will address the group, along with
sessions by CIDT staff and Associates.
The group is drawn from French and English speaking countries,
includingCameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Laos, Indonesia,
Nepal & Vietnam, so translation facilities are available
throughout the course.
The course is the first Improving Forest Governance course to be
run by CIDT and has received funding support and 23 scholarships
from UK DFID, the European Forestry Institute and Global
Des Mahony added: “There is a need to understand the changing
agenda of international forest and natural resource management, in
terms of climate change, wood energy production and sustainable
Improving forest governance, by involving a range of
stakeholders to hold authorities to account to report corruption,
intimidation and criminality in the forest industry, lies at the
heart of these developments.”
The course is running for four weeks at Telford Campus, with
field trips to visit timber companies, forests, and the London
based Chatham House ‘Illegal logging update’ meeting. The content
will be based on and applicable to real world situations.
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Date issued: Tuesday 15 June 2010
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