Theme 1: Resources and governance. Chair: Saah A. David Jr, REDD+ Implementation Unit, FDA.
Ignatious Jaye, FDA, Update on the current World Bank FDA forest cover assessment. [Data validation forthcoming.]
Stanley Toe, Senior Program Officer/Manager, Liberia Land Commission, Liberia’s new land rights law.
Ali Kaba, Community Land Protection Programme, Sustainable Development Institute, Making land rights reforms work for people.
Jim Smyle, Independent Consultant, Rethinking regulations and contributions to forest enterprises.
Jessica Donovan-Allen, Country Director, Conservation International Liberia, The role of conservation in protecting Liberia’s forests.
David Young, Global Witness, Holistic forest assessments: examples and knowledge gaps.
Theme 2: Local realities for communities and forests. Chair: Jonathan Yiah, Forest Governance Program, Sustainable Development Institute.
Rudolph Merab, President, Liberia Timber Association.
Matthias Rhein, independent consultant and founder of Seventythree, Rural and industrial models for Liberia’s economic development.
Julie Weah, Executive Director, Foundation for Community Initiatives, Women as key stakeholders in the informal forest economy.
Kolly Allison, Farm and Forest Facility Facilitator, FAO Liberia, and Julius M. Bass, National Coordinator, Farmers Union Network of Liberia, Economic opportunities and constraints for producers and traders in non-timber forest products in Liberia.
Alexander T. Cole, Sr, Alliance for Rural Democracy, Economic opportunities and constraints for small scale timber growing in Liberia.
Theme 3: Real and potential initiatives. Chair: Gertrude Wede Korvayan Nyaley, Technical Manager, Community Forestry Department, Forestry Development Authority.
Saye Thompson, Chairman, Zor and Gba communities Joint Forest Management Body, Experience and future of Community Forestry Management Agreements (CFMAs).
Stephen W. Kahunyo, Assistant Director, Kenya Forest Service, Collaborative Forest Management Experiences under the Kenya Forest Act 2005.
Cassian Sianga, Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, Participatory Forest Management in Tanzania; an NGO perspective – Lessons from Tanzania.
Jim Smyle will give a presentation from Francisco Chapela, The Christensen Fund, Experiences from Mexico’s Forest Management Plan and the value of forest benefits to communities.
Justin Kamga, Programme Manager, Forêts et Développement Rural, Cameroon, The story of community forestry in Cameroon.
Theme 4: Institutions. Chair: Abraham Guillen, Team Leader, VPA Support Unit.
Darlington Tuagben, Deputy Managing Director, Operations, Forestry Development Authority, How might a forest authority best support sustainable and legal community forest and land management?
Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative, Public Forest Agencies in the 21st Century: transparency, tenure reform, citizen involvement and improved governance.
Oscar Simanto, Head of Forestry Extension Management, Kenya Forest Service and founder of Africa Forest Enterprises Connect Network, Paradigm change in forestry sector management and institutional arrangements: enhancing the development of community livelihoods in Kenya.