Since 2011, IGES and its partners have conducted action research engaging representatives of all relevant stakeholder groups in a process to develop a voluntary Quality-of-Governance Standard for forest sector programmes in Nepal. The relevance of the multi-stage, multi-stakeholder and multi-level standard development process was recognised in a Memorandum of Understanding between Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and IGES and the release of the Pilot Standard in 2016. The project aims to strengthen forest sector governance and inter-sectoral coordination for effective implementation of REDD+ and other forest sector programmes included in Nepal’s NDCs. Following the advice received from key government and civil society experts, the project will design and pilot a capacity development programme engaging forest administration staff and other key stakeholders in selected districts of Nepal. It will develop training modules for participatory governance assessments to comply with the requirements under its REDD+ social and environmental Safeguards Information System and for intersectoral coordination to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities through effective forest management in line with Nepal’s NDC commitments. The final training modules will be launched delivering them to the government and relevant stakeholders for future capacity building programmes under REDD+ and other forest sector based climate change programmes included in Nepal’s NDCs.