Date: May 8, 2014
Driving change through transparency, tenure reform, citizen involvement and improved governance
For the past eight years, the leaders of public forest agencies worldwide have been taking part in a remarkable series of meetings convened by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) at various locations around the globe. This informal group of senior officials, called MegaFlorestais, discusses challenges and shares experiences on critical issues affecting forests and forest peoples, including climate change, market transitions, forest tenure, poverty alleviation and public governance. Given that public forest agencies officially control some 75 percent of all forests worldwide, with the vast majority of this forested land in MegaFlorestais’ countries—Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, the US, and Sweden—the outputs of this group can provide global insight into forest management in the immediate and longer-term future.