The Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) is an informal alliance of ten in-country groups of partners in Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. The teams carry out research, capacity building and advocacy work. ACODE works with these teams to carry out similar functions in Uganda, and it steers the initiative, with additional support from International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Since 2006, ACODE has coordinated FGLG activities as a platform for scholars, policy makers and practitioners to learn and share practical approaches to good forest governance in Uganda under the Uganda Forest Governance Learning Group (UFGLG).
From our research, we know that working together can have a huge impact on improving forest governance by developing practical tactics for securing safe spaces, provoking dialogue, building constituencies, wielding evidence of what works, and interacting politically. Membership to UFGLG embraces Members of Parliament particularly the Committee on ENR; CSOs; Academia; private sector; Government agencies (NEMA, NFA, Ministry of Water and Environment); District Forestry and Environment departments and the media among other stakeholders. The main objective of UFGLG is to influence policy and practice that promotes justice, equity and sustainable management of the forest resource base. UFGLG seeks to create an enabling policy environment for forest sector growth.
- Facilitating dialogue, and spread learning amongst the various actors in the forestry sector on workable approaches to good forest governance;
- Enhancing justice and equitable distribution of forestry resource benefits;
- Developing initiatives to combat illegalities in the forestry sector and enhance the integrity of the forestry resource base;
- Advocating for just and equitable forestry related policies, legislation and mechanisms of implementation of those policies and legislation; and
- Linking Uganda with other participating countries in the FGLG initiative to share lessons and experiences