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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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16 February, 2015

Ghana’s charcoal commodity chain soon to receive more attention

The charcoal commodity chain in Ghana will soon receive a lot of attention through a collaborative effort between University of Copenhagen (UC) Denmark, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Tropenbos International Ghana (TBI Ghana). This will happen because the Danish Government has given out and amount of USD1,415,000 for a new project titled - “Property, access and exclusion along the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana” simply called the AX project.

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05 January, 2015

Prince Claus award for Abel Rodríguez is a recognition of the value of traditional knowledge

The principal Prins Claus award given to the Colombian artist and plant expert Abel Rodríguez is a recognition of the value of traditional knowledge for the conservation of the culture and habitat of indigenous communities. According to Tropenbos International, the organization that supported the work of Rodríguez, the award contributes to the self-esteem of, often marginalized, indigenous communities in the Amazon region and strengthens their role in the conservation of forests.

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19 December, 2014

First VPA Lessons Shared event in Guyana welcomed by stakeholders

On 18-19th November 2014, Tropenbos International organised the first VPA Lessons Shared event in Guyana, in cooperation with the Guyana Forestry Commission, EU FAO FLEGT Programme, EFI FLEGT Facility, IUCN, The Forestry Training Centre of Guyana, Iwokrama Foundation and the IDLgroup. This event was welcomed by stakeholders as a great opportunity for open and engaged discussions.

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