Locally-based Volunteer to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA) with funding from Tropenbos International under the Green Livelihood Alliance (GLA) of Liberia yesterday commenced a two-day workshop on advocacy and effective engagement in the forest sector in Monrovia.
The workshop, which began yesterday, brought together 22 participants from the non-governmental organization coalition, Community Forest Development Council, and representatives of youth and women’s groups to discuss effective advocacy and communications within the forest sector.
The forum, held under the theme: “Advocacy and Engagement Training for Effective Forest Governance,” ends today.
VOSIEDA was represented by Richard Hoff, the entity’s capacity-building expert.
According to Hoff, VOSIEDA – under the implementation of the GLA project, is providing capacity building to members of the NGO coalition to intensify their promotion and monitoring capacity among stakeholders. One such activity is to conduct capacity training for VOSIEDA and other non-state actors in effective forest monitoring.
Hoff described the training as a cardinal intervention for building interaction among coalition members to review action plans and data collection and validation and promotional strategies.
The entity believes that strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities to monitor and advocate for changes in land use, tenure and livelihoods would empower them to secure land tenure and access rights, and be included in decision-making on land use.
This, according to Hoff, would also support adoption of nature-based approaches to the management of resources in the Sinoe, Gbarpolu and Lofa landscapes, respectively.
VOSIEDA will also strengthen its engagement with the CSOs in the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) and REDD+ processes that will contribute to the achievement of the core conditions identified by GLA as crucial for sustainable and inclusive governance of forested landscapes.