Can multi-stakeholder forums and partners keep their promises?

Multi-Stakeholder Forum in Peru. Photo by Marlon del Aguila / CIFOR.jpg

“Multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships bring together people from different interest groups to discuss common challenges, opportunities, policy measures and advocacy strategies,” said Gender Group leader Anne Larson. Fairness and safety in international forest research and global agro-forest development (CIFOR-ICRAF).

Larson made the remarks on June 6, 2022, during the opening session of Science Week, a mixed CIFOR-ICRAF conference that brought together 500-plus scientists from around the world.

“Such forums and partnerships are key to our work on climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development goals and food security,” she said.

However, bright prospects that do not benefit researchers and professionals from planning and implementing multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships are not important.

“There is a general presumption that these are simple or obvious,” says Larson. “It is also assumed that many stakeholders are forums and partnerships. Of Answer: They are better and probably the only way to make a difference.

In practice, there are many challenges for many stakeholders to effectively implement forums and partnerships, both in terms of how they work and how many other things need to be done side by side in comparative research and external change solutions.

In addition to exploring multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships, CIFOR-ICRAF has extensive shared experience in using, organizing, and participating in a variety of organizations and on multiple scales.

It is conceptually initiated to begin the process of evaluating the collective experience of the organization and to produce more effective and equitable multi-stakeholder collaboration as a useful knowledge broker.

Lisa Fuchs, who heads the ICRAF asset-based community-based development team, shares ownership experience and impact on a variety of criteria. She said a team selection tool has been developed to support the efficiency of development by helping foreign actors identify potential candidates.

Fuchs shared a six-step landscape-level engagement process tailored to each context in which it was implemented.

She spoke about the OneCGIAR Agroecology Initiative for Stakeholder Principles.

“Getting involved in the beginning is fundamental to the success of an activity,” she says. “It’s really important to create a way for us to do things that are different from the context but that are relevant.”

CIFOR-ICRAF scientist Emily Gallagher discusses the work of her team on multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships for multi-functional landscape management and zero-deforestation in Ghana. The group is studying how to implement legal action to reduce deforestation and deforestation in the western part of the country, as part of Ghana’s sub-national REDD + strategy. Together, CIFOR-ICRAF and SNV are developing collaborative learning forums to bring forest users together with Cocoa Cooperatives to learn about climate-modern agriculture and land use planning.

In the eastern part of the country, Gallagher and her colleagues are working on a changing landscape with oil palm, rubber, cocoa, minerals and other small crops.

“In this landscape, as a border or bridge organization, we work to share environmental impact and knowledge with regional and national decision-makers between legal stakeholders and vertical connections,” she said. “Our Role This is the meaning between science, policy and the sphere of planning… and in this case, we are using multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships as part of a framework for participation in power or administrative structures.”

Kimberley Merton, co-ordinator of the International Landscape Forum, discussed building a global coalition over the past decade. The forum is similar to a multi-stakeholder forum but works on scales, sectors and sectors.

“We are a little bit like a ‘middle woman’ and we can be a hindrance to the cooperation and integration between stakeholders,” Merton said.

Explain that they are changing strategies to address this, such as regionalism, capacity building, and helping fundraisers and financiers connect with rehabilitation professionals.

Valentina Robilio, a scientist at CIFOR-ICRAF Advanced Land Use Systems, discussed the use of multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships under the SMART initiative to promote agro-forest development in San Martin, Peru, Peru. Robilio and his team used a stakeholder approach to make informed and informed decisions.

“The developed vision was to incorporate agro-forest development into the San Martin Regional Social and Economic Development Agenda,” she said. However, our lack of knowledge has been identified as a major impediment to our engagement with stakeholders, which affects the ability to express control, technical and social context conducive to the development of agricultural forestry.

Accordingly, SMART participants have created a platform to build knowledge by learning together and combining information and data.

CIFOR-ICRAF scientist Juan Pablo Sarmiento Ballet explained the team’s work to support equity and social inclusion in a variety of stakeholders and partnerships.

A CIFOR Global Comparison study on REDD + in 14 different multi-stakeholder and partner research found that in four countries, there was an urgent need for a new focus on participation and collaboration.

“This is the idea; Things change from what we gather. However, organizers of various multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships have noted that there is a very clear power balance between participants and very few have had strategies to address such inequality.

Therefore, the research team, in collaboration with a number of stakeholder forums and partnerships, developed a flexible social learning tool that adapts to participants’ use of ‘How are we doing?’ They have published it as a general tool and are developing specific versions for specific contexts, such as the joint resources in the Amazon Amazon in Peru to support the participation of Indigenous women in their regional administration, to enable participatory governance of protected areas, and to support co-administration.

CIFOR-ICRAF scientist Linda Yuliani discusses facilitation and research using multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships in Indonesia.

To facilitate, the team used them to develop good governance principles; Promoting education; Fostering consensus and solutions; Creating networks for collective action; Verifying the importance of the issues; And help build resilience and resilience.

They have been used as a research tool for data collection and triangulation as well as as a tool to assess employee perceptions and knowledge of stakeholders.

Yuliani: “There is a common misconception that there are still many inconsistencies between the goals and methods used and that organizing multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships directly ensures participation, equality and / or action.

She recommends that facilitators’ approach to problem-based approaches to morale-boosting morale and motivation “help build self-confidence and realistic planning to achieve goals.” She added that “building on local practices has contributed to capacity building and added value and brought more relevant regulations and programs.”

Larson announced plans for her colleagues to integrate a network of CIFOR-ICRAF staff working on multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships. Conducting a stock process; And collaborate on publications to produce their comparative evidence.

This research is a CIFOR Global Comparison Study on REDD +. Funding partners for this study are the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Gifts No. QZA-21/0124), the German Federal Ministry of Environment’s International Climate Initiative (Aid No. 20_III_108), and the CGIAR Research Program for CGIAR Funders for Forests, Trees and Agro Forests. Support.

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