Relations between companies and local communities have not always been good in Africa. There was a tendency for logging companies to only communicate with local communities when there was a problem. While those problems may have the potential to create conflict, not apologising to the communities for any potential problem would make the problem even worse.
First launched in 2009 in Congo-Brazzaville, then later moved to Cameroon, the CSE is training the forestry managers of the future. The aim was not simply to prevent conflict, but promote and improve relationships between companies and local communities in the Congo Basin working with all aspects of social management including conflict resolution, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and worker’s rights.
CSE graduates require very specific skills. They need to be able to listen and communicate effectively with a range of different stakeholders.CSE Africa offers a one year course combining theoretical grounding, provided by a range of lecturers who are all renowned experts in social and forestry issues, with practical application via internships within forestry companies.
Shorter courses are also available.
CSE is equipping young graduates and professional foresters
with the tools to initiate and sustain a constructive dialogue between forest
dependent communities and forest managers.