Net Activism and Forest Governance: A Discursive Analysis of Media Attention on Forest Governance with Relevant Contributions to FLEGT Action Plan and VPA Implementation
In this study, it is observed that an increase in public awareness on forest governance could also mean an increase in media attention or media engagement but not essentially an increase in media interest. It is therefore not extreme to assert that media attention does not necessarily imply media interest in forest governance. Also, increased media attention could easily interpreted as increased public awareness in forest governance the FLEGT-VPA implementation. However, without a sustained media interest in forest governance the FLEGT-VPA implementation, public awareness alone may not translate into improvements in public participation, transparency or accountability. See recent publications.
This study was part of our work on the IVVR inter-regional framework on forests which seeks to strengthen independent forest monitoring through Integrated Verification, Validation and Reporting of FLEGT-VPA processes in West and Central Africa