Here's a free course on Policy Analysis and Forest Governance for early career professionals!

Here's a chance to take this free e-course by the Explore - Forest Landscape Governance Research Network. The course introduces policy analysis as a pathway to improving forest governance, empowering local people living in and near forests and creating a more sustainable and equitable socio-environment dynamic. The deadline for enrolment is15 October 2021. 

Key features

  • Learn for free and differently through experiential and reflective activities based on real-life examples
  • Study at your own pace, dedicating five hours for online work and two hours for an offline assignment at a time most convenient to you
  • Join a community of learners with opportunities to share ideas and collaborate with others
  • Receive a certificate if you achieve 75 percent or higher in the assessment

Course schedule




Seven hours 

30 September to 30 November 2021

Online and offline, self-paced

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 Deadline 15 October 2021


Who is this course for

Participants are people who work in the government, non-government or private forestry sector. It is for those who work with forest communities or advocate for policies and laws to improve forest governance. It can be useful to members of civil society networks or multistakeholder forums who want to participate in forest governance. Examples of a governance process include the European Union's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program of the United Nations. 

Participants should have a working knowledge of English. Typical learners are professionals in the forestry and natural resources sectors in civil society, government and the private sector interested in participatory forest governance; early career professionals in the Asia-Pacific who want to gain additional knowledge on the use of policy analysis; organizations that seek opportunities for their employees to gain skills and learn how to engage with policymakers and how forest governance can help them achieve their goals. 

Recommended prior learning 

This course is for professionals in the early stages of their forestry career. You may also want to take our complementary course that offers beginner-level knowledge about community forestry and natural resource management and governance. Check out the Community Forestry 101 course for information.  

Topics the course covers

  • Session 1 explains the concepts of policy analysis for improved forest governance 
  • Session 2 presents examples of policy analysis tools
  • Session 3 looks at the processes and conditions needed for civil society to participate and influence policies and laws 
  • Session 4 discusses how policy analysis can be used for advocacy 

Competencies you will gain

  • Define basic concepts about policy analysis for improved forest governance
  • Introduce examples of policy analysis tools
  • Appreciate the importance of civil society networks and multistakeholder forums and their participation in processes for making policies and laws
  • Recognize the role of policy analysis in advocacy

Certificate of completion

This course qualifies for a RECOFTC Certificate of Completion. Achieve 75 percent or higher in the assessment and become part of a global community with competencies on the basics of policy analysis and forest governance.


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