Our strength lies in our ties with national and international networks and partners. This allows us to exchange experiences in a quick, unbureaucratic manner and to negotiate at international level together with strong partners. We are also able to effectively represent German development positions at international level.

IWP employees are active in many international and regional alliances, networks and governance institutions involved in shaping key forest policy processes. Twenty years of experience in the key forest policy fields and partnerships in more than 30 countries render IWP a competent partner for international cooperation in the forest sector.



European Tropical Forestry Advisors Group (ETFAG)

ETFAG is an informal forum for European donors that are active in international cooperation. Observers include the World Bank, FAO, IUFRO, CIFOR, various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the research network ETFRN. The group is actively involved in key processes and programmes, such as the National Forest Programme Facility and the Program on Forests (PROFOR). The exchange of best practice examples is extremely important for donor coordination and strategic guidance.

European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN)

The European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN), which was set up in 1991, is a forum for the communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and other experts involved in work on (sub-) tropical forests. The ETFRN network aims to synthesise European research know-how and hence to promote the conservation and sustainable use of forests in tropical and sub-tropical countries.

International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO)

A network of international forest research institutions interested in promoting cooperation on forest-related research projects. It also aims to promote the use of research results to formulate forest-related policies.


Internal networks

Global GIZ REDD Network (GGRN)

The Global GIZ REDD Network is a knowledge portal for REDD+ experts working for GIZ anywhere in the world. The principal component of this internal GIZ network is a knowledge portal that is organised online as a Wiki. Members also receive a monthly newsletter, which provides information about the latest REDD+ developments.

Informal Panel of German Forest Consultants

A network of 13 German consultancy firms specialised in development cooperation in the forestry sector. The panel works with GIZ on current issues in this field with the aim of pooling knowledge about the latest developments at the German policy-making level and at implementation level in the partner countries.

Sector networks

Sector networks are corporate strategy forums for the organisation and implementation of specialist work within GIZ. Their main purpose is to contribute to knowledge management and quality assurance.

Sector Network on Rural Development – Latin America
Topics: forest management, nature conservation and regional rural development.

Sector Network on Rural Development – Africa
Topics: decentralisation, sector reforms, rural services and innovation systems, governance, management of natural resources, HIV/AIDS.

Sector Network on Rural Development – Asia
Topics: economic promotion, water basin management, livelihood systems, management of natural resources, forms of cooperation, governance, sustainable forest management and forest policy



  • The National Forest Programme Facility (NFP Facility)
    Multi-donor programme supporting national forest programmes. Projects in approx. 30 countries, frequently in cooperation with GIZ projects. GIZ is a member of the NFP Facility steering group. At the end of 2012 the facility will be converted into the new Forest and Farm Facility.
  • Program on Forests (PROFOR)
    Multi-donor programme under the umbrella of the World Bank; supplements the activities of the NFP Facility. GIZ has a seat on the advisory board of PROFOR.
  • REDD+ Partnership
    The REDD+ Partnership is a coordination forum consisting of 52 countries, including all the REDD+ donor and recipient countries.
  • KFW Entwicklungsbank (development bank)
    Cooperation focus: REDD+.
  • Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)
    The World Bank’s multilateral Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, consisting of 37 REDD+ partner countries and 16 donor countries, prepares REDD+ partner countries for participation in the REDD+ mechanism. It also draws up social standards, and is due to pilot results-based payments to some countries for their proven success in forest conservation.

Research institutions

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
    CIFOR is one of the most prominent research institutions in the field of international forest policy. GIZ cooperates with CIFOR, for instance in research projects.
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI)
    vTI is Germany’s Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries. GIZ cooperates with vTI in the context of specific research projects.
  • Universität Potsdam
    IWP cooperates with the University of Potsdam on research projects and runs joint events and training courses.


Herbert Christ
Phone: +49 6196 79-1282
Fax: +49 6196 79-7333