The forest forum concept was introduced in Ghana in 2002 by the Forestry Commission of Ghana to establish linkages among civil society actors, communities, industry public sector institutions and policy makers towards addressing the challenges that beset the forest sector in Ghana. The process continues to be promoted by civil society organisations as a viable means of stimulating active engagement of all stakeholders of the forest sector in Ghana. Civic Response works with other NGOs and community-based organisations to facilitate forest forums across Ghana. The forum provides a democratic platform or space for discussing real issues that affect forest sector stakeholders, particularly forest fringe communities. The process seeks to achieve:
Sharing and exchange of ideas and proposals for inclusion in policy analysis and implementation. Opportunities for the voices of different stakeholders to be incorporated in the forestand land policy decision making process. Monitoring and evaluation of progress and impacts of policy implementation
Creation of channels for information flow among civil society actors, resource owners,communities, industry and the Forestry Commission (FC)
Facilitate linkage between sub District (communities), District,Regional and National forest forums and strategies for influencing national policy
Promotion of active participation of forest sector stakeholders in discussions of forest sector issues including land and tree tenure.