Policy development in the Congo Basin

With the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

In August 2017, our CEO Claude Garcia – in his function of the Forest Management Development Research Group (ForDev) – was invited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Congo Basin Office to facilitate a workshop of their Regional Working Group on High Conservation Values. FSC’s goal was to define regional indicators for the management of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) within certified forest concessions. How would the core zone be defined? What kind of management would be applied? How would this take into account the local communities? There were just some of the questions the Regional Working Group had to answer.

Claude Garcia and his team combined the MineSet role-playing game with facilitation techniques to help members of the Working Group to understand each other, integrate research outputs in their discussions, and support decision-making process.
In three days, they helped the participants to move from gridlock to a joint declaration on five points, four of them accepted through unanimous votes and the last one pending the discussion of the FSC General Assembly that took place in Vancouver in October 2018. 

By preceding the negotiation process with a game session, the game became a tool to not only create a better understanding of the system, but also to establish a dialogue and facilitate the decision-making process.

The success of this mission and the positive feedback it created was the foundation stone of LEAF Inspiring Change GmbH.

Representatives of Member organisations of FSC Congo Basin using MineSet as an instrument for discussion
Clarifying core questions about IFLs, Brazzaville, August 2017

Story written by: LEAF, edited by: LEAF
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