An Assessment of Governance Quality and Development of “Verifiers” for Key Governance Indicators for Community Based Forest Management Regimes in Hindu Kush Himalayan Region


REDD+ is designed for developing countries where, coincidentally, community-based forest management systems (CBFMS) are becoming more popular. In 2002, about 22% of total global forest area was legally under CBFMS while in 2007, it increased to 27%. Eventually, forest management regimes in developing countries could be dominated by CBFMS.

The University of Southern Queensland, Australia, along with Griffith University, Australia and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, have developed a methodology to evaluate the quality of forest governance in developing countries. The methodology employs both a top down and bottom up approach, includes multi-stakeholders, and uses multilevel and multistage consultation processes. 

To replicate and customize, where required, the aforementioned methodology, ICIMOD, in collaboration with University of Southern Queensland, conducted a study using a normative framework of principles, criteria and indicators (PC&I). The study aimed to assess governance quality and develop “verifiers” for 11 governance indicators for community based forest management systems (CBFMSs) at local, sub-national, and national levels in four countries—Nepal, Bhutan, India (Mizoram) and Myanmar.


The objectives of this consultation workshop are: 

  • To update local and sub-national level forest stakeholders about the project findings; 
  • Seek suggestions for the refinement of the developed verifiers; and 
  • Rank developed verifiers on the basis of their importance at their levels.