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05 July, 2017

Pre-announcement Seminar: Towards inclusive investment and business models for improved land governance and livelihoods

Are we on the right track? September 14, 2017 - Smallholders and communities own, use and manage a significant share of the world’s agricultural lands and forests. Their livelihoods largely depend on the resources given by the land, in terms of food security and nutrition, energy supply, income and employment. However, smallholders’ rights to access, control and use land are often insecure, unclear or not respected. Yet, there is a growing group of financial institutions and businesses that are proactively investing to achieve positive impacts on local communities and looking for alternative tenure and business models. In this annual seminar – the 10th in this series - we will share the latest knowledge, experiences and insights with regard to such innovative tenure and business models.

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04 July, 2017

Payment for forest environmental services: encouraging results but constraints remain

Payment for Forest Environmental Services has created considerable impacts in terms of relieving the Vietnamese government’s financial burden towards forest protection and development, is the main conclusion derived from the discussions during the workshop “Disseminating the Policy of Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) to Contribute to Sustainable Forest Management and Improved Livelihoods of Ethnic Minority People in the Uplands.” The workshop was jointly organized by Tropenbos Viet Nam and Vietnam Forest Science Technology Association (VIFA) on 27 June 2017 in Ha Noi.

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26 June, 2017

Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods and the landscapes they live in

More than three quarters of the world’s food is produced by smallholder farmers, who are also guardians of the landscapes they live in, and live off. And they could produce much more, if only they could attract additional investment…

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06 June, 2017

Latest ETFRN News on Zero deforestation: A commitment to change

Several hundred companies, governments, and civil society and non-governmental organizations have committed to zero deforestation initiatives. However, all may not have fully realized the enormousness and complexity of the challenge in committing to zero deforestation, and it appears that some did not know exactly what they stepped into. What is clear though, is that this endeavour is very much at the initial stage of development, and early work and experimentation is showing the way to putting in place what is needed.

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