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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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27 July, 2016

A new paper rejects claims that drainage of peatlands for plantations can be sustainable

In 2015 Indonesia was hit by a disastrous haze event caused by extensive peatland fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. In response, the Indonesian government launched a national Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) with an ambitious target of restoring over 2 million hectares of peatlands by 2020. Success will depend on a proper understanding of the functioning of peatlands. A new policy brief by Wetlands International and Tropenbos International calls for a thorough science-based approach, instead of some of the currently widely applied policies and management models, which have insufficiently considered the issue of peatland subsidence.

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