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26 May, 2014

Less tropical wood in the Dutch market, better for the tropical forests?

It sounds logic, but the opposite is true. A stable demand for sustainably produced tropical timber is important for maintaining tropical rainforests and supporting local economic development. High economic value of forests will reduce the attractiveness for the conversion of the forests to other land uses. This was the general consensus reached at the event of the Green Deal for the Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management organised by the Secretariat of the Green Deal and Tropenbos International, on 15th May 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands.

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19 May, 2014

HCV concept at stake

The Jakarta Post - Indonesia has set aside 22.8 million hectares of conservation area in the form of national parks and reserves; however, the effectiveness of the management protecting these reserves and forests remains unproven. Deforestation has been unchecked, and occurs even in areas that have high value and vulnerable ecosystems, such as heath forest, peat swamp forest or endangered species habitat.

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19 May, 2014

Seminar: Unravelling the Landscape Approach Make better policies for people and the planet – Are we on the right track?

The landscape approach has been widely embraced during recent years as a new paradigm or integrated vision. The aim? To ensure that land use planning, policies and management decisions maintain the resilience, productivity and sustainability of landscapes for the benefit of all the people who depend upon them. It is based on the concept that landscapes are multifunctional, dynamic and evolving entities composed of a mosaic of different uses (agriculture, forests, mining, urbanization…) which are highly interdependent.

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09 May, 2014

Harmonisation of stakeholder processes in Ghana

On 9th April, 2014 the national executive committee of the National Forestry Forum of Ghana (NFF-G) and the steering committee of the multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD SC) under the EU Chainsaw milling project agreed to harmonize these two stakeholder platforms. Since the establishment of the MSD in September 2009, the MSD SC has been working to establish favourable conditions to sustain a multiple stakeholder process approach to policy-making. Many stakeholder processes with similar objectives as the MSD are active in Ghana. Since its start, the MSD has been aligned with the NFF-G and has now moved on to harmonise the two processes. This is a first step towards institutionalisation of stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes in the Ghana forest sector.

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