Networking Support » Global Issues in Governing Natural Resources

Developed by RRI, the US Forest Service and the MegaFlorestais network, Global Issues in Governing Natural Resources (GIG) or the Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders Seminar consists of annual leadership seminars designed to foster a deeper understanding of global transitions in forest governance issues in senior officers from public forest services. In the long term, these training seminars and their alumni networks will support the development of future leaders in more equitable forest management.

Every year, those seminars expose 20 or more participants to new analysis and information in natural resources governance. Building on the success of MegaFlorestais’ candid meetings, the seminars aim to promote a robust, free, and open discussion about the global connectivity of land-management issues.


The trainings spark informative and problem-solving dialogues, which alumni continue through further collaboration and exchanges on social media networks. The Next Generation Seminar encourages leaders and group within MegaFlorestais ministries that are informed of and interested in reform tenure, regulations, governance and markets in favor of forest communities.


“As individuals, we’re able to devote more than a half a PowerPoint slide on the challenges and forestry problems our countries are facing.

As agency reps, we traditionally share a large national success story without the context of the challenges we overcame…

The honesty in sharing difficulties and not just best practices helps us all to deal with the pressing issues facing forest governance around the world.”

                                                                                                 –Participant, on attending the 2011 seminar


RRI’s Role

RRI prepares technical inputs, facilitates discussions, brings resources persons and promotes frank and open dialogue. After the training events, RRI connects alumni through email and social networks, encouraging further discussions among forestry leaders.


Global Issues in Governing Natural Resources 2010

Global Issues in Governing Natural Resources 2011

Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders Seminar 2012

Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders Seminar 2013