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The goal of the GFI is to strengthen community rights and improve the management of forest lands. We empower people and institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.

Brief History

The GFI was launched in 2008 as a network of civil society organizations from Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, and the U.S. In 2009, the network developed a common vision for what inclusive, transparent, and responsive forest land allocation and use processes would include, the GFI Indicator Framework. The framework was piloted from 2010- 2012 and resulted in a number of research products. In addition, the piloting provided important lessons for the new and revised Indicators launched in 2013.

The revised Indicators, Assessing Forest Governance: The Governance of Forests Initiative Indicator Framework, and the accompanying guidance, The Governance of Forests Initiative Guidance Manual: A Guide to Using the GFI Indicator Framework, can be used by government, civil society, or other stakeholders. It can be used to evaluate the extent to which current laws and practices that impact forest land allocation and use are inclusive, transparent, and responsive.


The following partner organizations comprise the GFI network:


Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV)
Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazonia (IMAZON)


Cameroon Ecology
Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC)


Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI)
Indonesia Center for Environmental Law (ICEL)

United States

World Resources Institute (WRI)


The Governance of Forests Initiative hosts annual meetings in Washington, D.C. to bring together partners in the GFI network.

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