Making knowledge work for forests and people
Woodcarvers in Ghana are pushing for their products to be included in the VPA since they cannot be exported if they are not certified under the VPA as the time for the implementation of Ghana’s Legality Assurance System (LAS) under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed between Ghana and the European Union (EU) draws closer.21 March, 2016
There is hope for Ghana’s forestry sector after several years and endless efforts of battling illegal chainsaw milling and its associated international and local trade which had the potential to mar Ghana’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. This hope was given at a closeout workshop of the EU funded project ‘Supporting the integration of legal and legitimate domestic timber markets into Voluntary Partnership Agreements’ held at the Coconut Regency Hotel – Accra on 9th March 2016.21 March, 2016
In DRC the civil society has the duty to support local communities for the implementation of community forestry to ensure a peaceful access and use of resources and in this way contribute to local development. With these words Joseph Bolongo, TBI DR Congo Communications Officer, sent a reminder to the civil society at a General Assembly held in the Province of Tshopo, DRC from 7 to 11 March 2016.
Tropenbos International (TBI) is a non -governmental non-profit organization. It was created in 1986 as a Dutch response to increasing concerns about the disappearance and degradation of tropical rain forests worldwide. Now, 25 years later, TBI is thriving.
Over the years, TBI has established itself as an important platform for the forest and development agenda, both in developing countries and internationally. It has built a reputation for improving knowledge and personal and institutional capacity in order to support better management and governance of tropical forest resources in a range of programme countries. With the support of the Government of the Netherlands, TBI has achieved a respected position on tropical forest issues. As a knowledge broker and a platform for discussion, TBI supports forest dialogue and development in the common interest of developing countries and the Netherlands.
In TBI’s vision, tropical forests have critical contributions to make in providing the range of goods and services required by local communities and the people of the world. Well-managed forests — as components of productive landscapes — can simultaneously contribute to the objectives of alleviating poverty, providing ecosystem services and fostering sustainable economic development.
Any real long-term improvement in the use and conservation of forests requires knowledge and skills. Public, corporate and civil society decision makers — with access to credible knowledge and independent information — are more likely to make decisions that are fair and sustainable. Informed decision making also requires strong individual, organizational and institutional governance and management capacities across the forest sector and beyond, as well as effective multi-actor networks and platforms for sharing knowledge.
TBI’s mission is to improve tropical forest governance and management in order to support conservation and sustainable development.
TBI’s goal is to achieve the sustainable management of tropical forest lands for the benefit of people, conservation and sustainable development.
TBI’s objective is to ensure that knowledge is used effectively in the formulation of appropriate policies and in the management of forests for conservation and sustainable development.
For partners and stakeholders in partner countries, the Netherlands, the European Union and internationally, TBI fulfils a variety of functions: