G3 in stakeholder dialogue

All the three G3 Alliances participated as presenters and moderators in the PEFC stakeholder dialogue in Brazil.

  • Published: 11.11.2010
  • Published by: Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken
  • G3 was the panel, from left Ghan Shyam Pandey, Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken and Edna Kaptoyo.  (Photos: Lennart Ackzel)
    Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken, IFFA, was moderator and gave the introduction

    The PEFC stakeholder dialogue was held Wednesday 10th November 2011 in conjunction with the PEFC General Assembly 2010. The theme of the dialogue was “Advancing Certification in the Tropics”. One of the sessions was devoted to the G3 Alliances under the title “Requirements for group certification of small forest holders”. The aim of the session was to identify obstacles and opportunities for group certification schemes suited for family forestry, community forestry and indigenous and tribal peoples' forest production.

    Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken from the International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, was moderator and introduced the issue by describing working group forest certification schemes in IFFA areas. Based on the experiences from the operational group certification schemes he identified the following requirements: well working organisations, easier with well established sustainable forest management tradition, locally controlled forest, connected to market access, key to market wood - economic benefit, sustainability consciousness and forest management standard.

    Ghan Shyam Pandey presented the community forest requirements

    Ghan Shyam Pandey from the Global Alliance of Community Forestry, GACF, commented on the community requirements for certification. Edna Kaptoyo from the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests, IAITPTF, commented on certification and its implications for Indigenous Peoples.

    Based on the experiences from family forestry, community forestry and indigenous and tribal people the requirements are very much the same. Secure tenure rights, organisation of forest producers, local control and cost effective group certification for small properties are among the common key prerequisite for advancing certification.

    A very important task for the G3 network is to set up twinning projects for building organisational capacity in areas where certification could be advanced. Organisational capacity is perhaps the most important prerequisite for advancing certification in new areas, the presenters concluded.

    Marcial Arias commented from the audience

    The G3 network would now like to launch a project where the positive elements in today’s group certification systems are identified and concrete options for pilot projects in new areas are explored. One of the possible projects is in Cameroon and the potential project was presented by Ghan Shyam Pandey, since Patrice Pa-ah from Cameroon was unable to attend the dialogue due to visa problems.

    Introduction Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken

    Presentation Ghan Shyam Pandey

    Presentation Edna Kaptoyo

    Presentation Patrice Pa-ah


    The organiser and the panel, from left, Caroline Stein, PEFC, Ghan Shyam Pandey, GACF, Edna Kaptlyo, IAITPTF, and Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken, IFFA


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