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27 March, 2014

Unlocking the potential for synergies between FLEGT and REDD+

The great potential for synergies between FLEGT and REDD+ has yet to be achieved in practice. This is the conclusion of the ETFRN News “Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to Improve Forest Governance”. The publication presents 22 experiences and viewpoints from around the world about the linkages between FLEGT, REDD+ and other international forest management initiatives.

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20 January, 2014

Oil Palm Plantation: the Major Cause of Deforestation?

Oil palm plantation is often blamed as the major cause of forest loss and deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. Deforestation, as well as other forms of land use change resulting from the development of new plantations, is also considered to be a large source of GHG emissions. These issues were addressed in two papers titled “Oil palm and land use change in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea” and “Historical CO2 emissions from land use and land use change from the oil palm industry in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea” published in November 2013 by the Working Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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16 December, 2013

Forest producer organizations are key in increasing economic and political muscle of local groups, concludes Conference

Forest producers need to organise themselves in order to have better access to markets and essential market information, a stronger bargaining position, a voice in policy development and to improve their entrepreneurial skills. This has been concluded at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations: Strength in Numbers, that took place from 25-28th of November in Guilin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. The conference – the first in its kind – was organized by FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility in alliance with a number of partners, including Tropenbos International.

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10 December, 2013

Suriname in good position to address emerging timber legality requirements

To maintain access to markets in Europe and the USA the timber sector of Suriname needs to verify the legality of its forest products. Participants of the regional seminar ‘Emerging legality requirements in the timber sector of Suriname’ (28-29 November 2013 in Paramaribo) found that the forest sector of Suriname is in a good position to adequately address these legality requirements, because of Suriname’s commitment to sustainable forest management and because it has a good forest control system.

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