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Preparing minds for a sustainable future

FSG’s Opportunity Assessment includes a training needs assessment, carried out for the important stakeholders identified and consulted. For successful LAND+ implementation it is crucial that involved stakeholders have the right capacities. Also during implementation different training needs may come up.

About this service

This service is about preparing stakeholders and project participants for successful project development and implementation. For each stakeholder and target group, a specific tailor made training package will be developed. A special target group consists of Trainers; people involved in training others in different fields of interest.

FSG’s expertise

Training has been a standard component in all of FSG’s projects. And as developers of LAND+, FSG experts are in a preferred position to impart training in LAND+ related topics. Just as important, we understand that effective training requires understanding that different stakeholders have different training needs. All training methods and content is therefore based on a stakeholder analysis and a training needs assessment. These are two key aspects covered in the Opportunity Assessment.

Training about Market Access Requirements in Bolivia

Service aspects

Hereafter, some examples are provided of training content for different stakeholder groups.

Policy makers

Training packages and methods may aim at increasing awareness and understanding among policy makers about LAND+ in relation to current policy trends. These trends include for example bioenergy, climate change, indirect land use change (ILUC) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Landowners and natural resource managers

Landowners learn how to increase social, economic and environmental benefits from (their) land in a sustainable way. Topics may have a more practical focus (e.g. biomass cultivation, certification) or an entrepreneurial focus (accessing markets, connecting with consumer trends).

Local communities

Imparted training can have a practical or theoretical approach, or a combination of both. The focus may vary widely, from cultivation and harvesting to financial management and commercialization. Frequent training topics include local business development and local management capacities.

Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s)

Training may focus on the huge potential of LAND+ as instrument for sustainable development. Emphasis will be on social, environmental and climate related benefits, for producers, marginalized groups and society at large.

Private companies

Profit and non-profit companies learn about how sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand in LAND+. By complying with international sustainability requirements, the company is well prepared for (future) access to profitable markets. This may require management and process adjustments throughout the supply chain. FSG has also developed several ready-to-use training packages, such as bioproduct branding and Certification standard compliance.

Training the Trainer packages

A particular focus group consists of trainers. These are people committed to training others in specific fields of interest. Trainers may work for governments, companies, NGO's, Business Support Organizations (BSO’s) or be members of local communities.

Next steps?

With stakeholders well prepared for the job they are assigned to, the LAND+ project is ready for implementation. During implementation various new training needs may emerge. These too are included in FSG’s Training service.
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These are some examples of training topics ready to be customized for your needs.

Land+ design
  • Customizing your Land+
  • Payments for Environmental Services (PES)
  • Agroforestry: combining crops and trees
  • Low impact timber harvesting
  • Forest based income models
  • Biomass for local energy
  • Perennial crops for soil improvement
  • Carbon credits: standards, methods & markets
  • Carbon certification: standards & methodologies
  • Sustainability certification: standards & methodologies
  • Certified bioproducts: approaching the market
Market research
  • Carbon offset markets
  • Market research DIY (do it yourself)
B2B and marketing
  • Marketing of FSG’s 20 bioproducts & ecoservices
  • Image building and branding
  • Market Access Requirements (CE , EUTR, Reach, CITES, ISPM)
  • Cultural differences in business
  • Implementation of CSR
  • Quality control & business improvement
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