We believe governance arrangements constitute the building blocks for how environmental sustainability will be achieved. These building blocks define how each action or measure that will be taken to achieve this goal is designed, implemented and enforced.
We utilise governance arrangements as an appropriate and effective tool to transform conceptual approaches into pragmatic and robust solutions. Governance arrangements of a country are widely understood to encompass a:
- Legal framework comprised primarily of national policies, laws, and regulations (PLRs), in addition to operational plans and programmes to implement the PLRs.
- Institutional framework comprised of the institutions, their capacities, and the procedures for implementing the legal framework.
- Compliance framework comprised of three elements, required to guarantee and demonstrate the effective implementation of the legal framework: (i) information (including monitoring and reporting) systems; (ii) conflict resolution mechanisms/grievance and redress mechanisms; (iii) non-compliance measures and mechanisms.
The compliance framework is intrinsically linked to the legal framework and should not be considered as separate or optional. This is because the elements that make up the compliance framework serve as the means to guarantee and demonstrate the effective implementation of a country's legal framework. Without them, the legal framework cannot be effectively implemented and its effective implementation cannot be demonstrated.
We specialise in advancing country governance arrangements by supporting the:
- Identification (e.g. identification of information systems relevant to conservation of forests, which may result in a systematisation of those systems);
- Evaluation (e.g. evaluation or gap analysis of a country's legal framework relevant to indigenous peoples);
- Strengthening (e.g. recommendations for amending a country's Forest Policy).