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12 December, 2016

Hydropower Plant Development in Viet Nam’s Central Zone and Central Highlands: a Trade-off

Despite being a major source of electricity for daily use and production activities, excessive hydropower plant development in the Central zone and Central Highlands of Viet Nam has created adverse social-environmental impacts and on local people’s livelihoods. The main issues include ineffective planning, lack of proper monitoring of the implementation, and unsolved problems regarding compensation and resettlement for affected people. Those were the main conclusions drawn during the workshop “Sustainable Hydropower Plants Development in Viet Nam’s Central Zone and Central Highlands” jointly organized by Tropenbos International Viet Nam (TBI Viet Nam), the Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD), the Da Nang Union of Science and Technology Associations, and the Viet Nam Rivers Network (VRN) on 6 December 2016 in Da Nang city.

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01 November, 2016

Five years of Payment for Forest and Environmental Services in Vietnam: results, challenges and future

The Decree 99/2010/ND-CP released on 24 September 2010 by the Government of Viet Nam on Payment for Forest and Environmental Services (PFES) has become one of the most remarkable policies of the forest sector during the past years. The policy is aimed at improving forest quality and quantity and increasing the forest sector’s contribution to the economy, while relieving the government’s financial burden towards forest protection and development.

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26 October, 2016

TBI Ghana lauded for her contribution to Forest Governance in Ghana

Tropenbos International Ghana has over the years promoted inclusiveness and participation in the forestry sector through several interventions. These range from spearheading the development of the Domestic Timber Policy, supporting the formulation of the Procurement Policy on Timber and Timber Products, and contributing to the review of the Forest and Wildlife Policy.

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08 September, 2016

GUIDELINES - Participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder platforms in integrated landscape initiatives

The rapidly rising popularity of the landscape approach is resulting in a growing number of integrated landscape initiatives. Such initiatives often involve multi-stakeholder platforms, meant to enable discussions, negotiations and joint planning between stakeholders from various sectors in a given landscape. With growing investments in these platforms there is a need for simple and affordable methods to aid their planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME). Over the course of 2016, Tropenbos International and EcoAgriculture Partners have been working with other partners to develop and test such a method. This partnership has resulted in practical guidelines for participatory PME workshops that can be conducted with the members of a multi-stakeholder platform.

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