Wednesday, February 22, 2012


CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Successful Projects Related to Forests & Economic Development

Major Groups Representatives engaged in the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) process are calling for expressions of interest from organizations who have implemented projects that have successfully addressed various dynamics associated with forests and economic development for presentation in an international workshop. These projects are sought as case study for knowledge sharing during a Major Groups workshop to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-17 June 2012 on the Theme Forest and Economic Development: Positioning Forests to contribute to Green Economy.

The global workshop is a Major Groups-led Initiative (MGI) in support of UNFF to develop policy recommendations for United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) 10 scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013 hosted by the government of Brazil and funded by the German Ministry of Agriculture (BMELV).

In keeping with the theme of UNFF10, selected projects will be those that explicitly address successful projects that exemplify the relationships between forests and economic development.

The projects being proposed should address the following broad theme of UNFF10: Forests and economic development or any of the sub-themes below:


Since the establishment of the UNFF, a number of Major Groups have been participating in the UN-based forest policy processes and have worked together on several occasions to make inputs into policy discussions. Most recently, the Major Groups-led Initiative held in Accra, Ghana in July of 2010 brought together key representatives from Major Groups, governments and intergovernmental organizations with the objective of providing concrete recommendations for UNFF9 (24 January-4 February, 2011). As a result of the workshop in Ghana, Major Groups were able to make effective and targeted recommendations for the ongoing forest policy process. Thus, the goal of the upcoming MGI to be held in Brazil from 13-17 June of 2012 is to continue and enhance the participation of Major Groups in the forest policy process.


Interested persons should submit their proposals following the guidelines below:


  1. Submissions should be in English and received by FRIDAY 16 MARCH, 2012 for consideration. Please send expressions of interest to Dr. Lauren Eastwood ( OR (
  2. The submissions will be reviewed and authors of successful entries will be communicated to by FRIDAY 20 APRIL, 2012.
  3. A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the authors and the organizers for the preparation of the presentation to begin.


  1. A onetime $2000.00 (USD) will be paid for the documentation of successful project upon its acceptance and presentation at the workshop.
  2. The authors will be sponsored (return ticket, room and board) to participate in the 5 day global workshop in Rio de Janeiro.

For more information on the Major Groups global workshop in Rio de Janeiro Contact:

Lambert Okrah
Canadian Environmental Network
39 McArthur Avenue, Level1-1
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1L 8L7
+1-613-728-9810 Ext. 261
Workshop Website:

For more information regarding case studies, or to submit a project proposal/description by theMarch 16 2012 deadline, contact:

Lauren E. Eastwood
State University of New York at Plattsburgh,
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY. USA or


Deadline: March 16, 2012

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