The district forest forum is the first level of policy engagement. Representatives of the various communities within the district meet for capacity building and policy discussions in relation to issues which have been identified by the communities.
Issues requiring information sharing are usually resolved at the district forest form. In addition to community representatives, a wide range of actors participate in the DFF.
They include assembly men and women, who serve as a link between the communities and institutions of local government; traditional authorities in the area; civil society organisations working on natural resource management and environment; agricultural extension officers; Forestry Services Division and other government agencies at the district level.
The district forest forum provides an opportunity for building the capacity of participants on pertinent natural resource governance issues which will make communities exert their rights and also become more responsible custodians of forest resources.
Participants at the DFF are expected to relay any shared information to their constituents. Issues emerging from community forest forums are also presented to the relevant government agencies that have the mandate to resolve them at the local level. An action plan is drawn up for follow up by different actors and unresolved issues are outlined for discussion at the next forum level.