On July 28-August 1, 2014, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR) hosted the fifth Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders seminar. The gathering convened 15 forest leaders from 6 countries (Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States), 7 respected scholars and practitioners from around the world, as well as 4 former and current MegaFlorestais leaders, including the Associate Chief of the US Forest Service, Ms. Mary Wagner.

The weeklong meeting exposed the participants to tenure reform, the forest industry in transition, community forestry, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and challenges with regulations in a relaxed and open setting that encouraged active participation. Through presentations, group discussions and a field trip to a variety of different tenured lands, participants left with a deeper understanding of global transitions and issues in forest governance. They discussed principles of governance for forest agencies of the 21st century. A full day was also devoted specifically to leadership to discuss the unique challenges that forest leaders are facing around the world.

Seminar’s objectives

  • Better prepare the next generation of public forest agency senior leaders to lead in a more complex social, political, environmental and market context.
  • Engage senior executives from forest ministries and related public agencies in cutting-edge analysis and information for a deeper understanding of global transitions in forest tenure and governance, and markets.
  • Promote improved information sharing and networks among these agency leaders through frank and open dialogue in a small group setting where problems and solutions can be discussed openly.
  • Strengthen contributions of forest agencies to addressing land rights, poverty alleviation, governance, conservation and climate-related challenges in their countries.



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