Social Values of Forestry – Community Engagement


These two stakeholder engagement lectures have been developed for forestry professionals to develop their understanding of what is stakeholder engagement and how to design, develop and deliver an effective program of stakeholder engagement within the forestry context.

The lectures provide users with a framework which can be used by anyone wanting to undertake meaningful stakeholder engagement. The first lecture provides a basic introduction to stakeholder engagement and some typical approaches to stakeholder engagement.

The second lecture builds on the concepts from the first lecture and provides a second framework for how to undertake stakeholder engagement with respect to contentious issues.

About the Lecturer

Megan Graham 

For two decades, Megan has enjoyed an interesting career in many facets of forestry. She focused on developing and applying strategic approaches to ensure business / policy / stakeholder engagement objectives are achieved, through thoughtful and responsible leadership, programs, actions and initiatives.

Megan has worked for; Government, private business and the not for profit sector. She has worked and lived within regional and rural Australia, Melbourne and South East Asia.

Megan’s academic studies include the completion of a Masters degree that complimented her career by improving the ability to provide high level analysis and strategic thinking to a range of complex issues.

4.2.1 Principles for successful community engagement

  • What is community engagement
  • Definitions of community engagement
  • Community engagement in a forestry setting
  • IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Identifying community / stakeholders
  • Forest certification
  • Example of a leading Community engagement in a forestry setting

4.2.2 Stakeholder engagement for managing contentious issues

  • What does contentious mean and what makes something contentious
  • Broadscalechanges in forest industries
  • Changes in ‘agency’ of communities
  • Case study, Victorian native forestry
  • Cynevinframework
  • Management approach for complicated issues
  • Stakeholder engagement for contentious issues