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30 July, 2015

Overland Export of Timber from Ghana: A Silent Canker

Aside Ghana increasing its efforts to address illegal logging and milling to secure the supply of legal timber to the domestic market, the country has to pay special attention to the overland export of timber. Ghana has a long history as a major supplier of high-value hardwood timber and wood products to European, Asian and African markets. As a signer of the Voluntary Partnership agreement with the EU, Ghana has a commitment not only to export legal wood but also source and trade in legal timber on the domestic market. A study conducted by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana has brought to the limelight the overland trade in wood and wood products as a vibrant one but largely illegal.

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15 July, 2015

Mapping the livelihoods of the Saamaka people

The Saamaka people live at the Upper Suriname River in the hinterlands of Suriname, an area which provides ecosystem goods and services for their livelihoods. In 2014, a participatory three dimensional mapping (P3DM) project was carried out together with 14 villages (about 5,000 people) in the northern part of the area to identify and map the geographic characteristics of the landscape and the different land uses. On 18 June 2015, a follow up to this project has been launched during an inception workshop at the village of Pikin Slee.

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12 June, 2015

Strategy of anti-encroachment in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra: Towards new paradigms

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) was inscribed in the Natural World Heritage list in 2004 by World Heritage Committee (WHC)-UNESCO for its unique natural beauty, the importance of its habitats for the conservation of endemic species, and the significant role of its on-going ecological and biological processes in its ecosystems to the global landscape. TRHS comprises three widely separated National Parks (NP); Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan. They cover a total area of 2.5 million hectares, constituting one of the biggest conservation areas in Southeast Asia.

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21 April, 2015

Promoting Legal Livelihoods in Ghana

Providing alternatives to illegal chainsaw milling practices through the EU Chainsaw Milling Project. Illegal logging in Ghana is partly a problem of poverty. Changing the policy environment — especially enforcement to combat illegal logging — has proved to be important over the years, but needs to be complemented by offering alternative income opportunities to illegal activities to the rural poor in forest communities. The Chainsaw Milling Project, initiated by the Ghana Forestry Commission, the Forest Research Institute of Ghana and Tropenbos International, with funding from the European Commission, involves stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to illegal and unsustainable chainsaw milling practices.

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