• "Forest Governance Strategy Group  "
  • "Forest Governance Strategy Group"
  • "Forest Governance Strategy Group"
  • "Forest Governance Strategy Group"
  • "Forest Governance Strategy Group"

Forest Governance Strategy Group

The Forest Governance Strategy Group (FGSG) is an earnest attempt to take forward the Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG), an initiative supported by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), U.K. It aims to take FGLG to next level where a small group of forest sector experts can strategize innovative forest governance policies, processes, and institutions to eradicate poverty and to improve sustainability in forestry. During the course of the past FGLG discussions, the members had realized that forest administration in India is stuck in a vicious circle where it is the lowest priority in the political spectrum. The group had agreed the lack of national forum on forest governance has serious implications and that having a dedicated group of experts deliberating on feasible forest sector policy reforms would go a long way in supporting the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Accordingly, Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF) with a preliminary support of IIED decided to build on the discussions and lessons learnt from FGLG with a newly formulated national level peer group, team to be known as "Forest Governance Strategy Group" (FGSG), on sustainable forestry in India and later, South Asia.

Constitute a 'think-tank' to strengthen forest governance in India and South Asia;

Build an all encompassing platform of forestry experts for an ongoing dialogue on the challenges, knowledge exchange, potential solutions, and dissemination of information with the stakeholders;

Bridge the huge communication gap between the executive and the legislature and amongst the executive also, as far as forest governance is concerned.


To strengthen forest governance in India and South Asia keeping forest dwelling communities at the centre


To act as a network platform (at National and Regional levels) for knowledge exchange and responding to issues and challenges

To influence forest sector policies towards strong forest governance by engaging with the executive, legislature, and judiciary

To garner support and sensitise political parties, stakeholders and media for strengthened forest governance

Partner organizations

Environment Law and Development Foundation

Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF)

Centre For People's Forestry (CPF)

          Climate Parliament

International Institute for
Environment & Development (IIED)