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16 October, 2014

Unfair competition of illegally produced timber causes legal artisanal mills to operate at a loss

Artisanal milling has been introduced in Ghana as an alternative to illegal chainsaw milling that supplies more than 80% of the domestic timber market demand. Analysis of the economic feasibility of artisanal milling shows that legal timber production for the domestic market in Ghana cannot be profitable given the unfair competition of illegally produced timber.

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14 October, 2014

Seminar in Guyana: Sharing Experiences on the FLEGT VPA process - Georgetown, 18-19 November 2014

Tropenbos International, in cooperation with the Guyana Forestry Commission, UN-FAO, European Forest Institute, IUCN, The Forestry Training Centre of Guyana, Iwokrama Foundation and theIDLgroup, organizes an experience-sharing event in Guyana to:

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08 October, 2014

Which are the options to reduce biodiversity loss while maintaining wood production?

Developments in sectors such as agriculture, mining, wood production, water management and fisheries largely shape the world’s current and future biodiversity, as they exert direct pressures on biodiversity. These sectors depend on biodiversity and ecosystems in various ways to provide food, fibre, wood, bio‐energy, fish and clean water for the world’s growing human population. The wood production sector is dependent on forest ecosystems and their goods and services. On the one hand it can be a major contributor to forest biodiversity loss, on the other it can help maintain high levels of biodiversity through responsible management of forest ecosystems. The demand for wood based products such as timber, wood fuel, pulp and paper will increase in the future. Therefore there is a clear need for options to reduce biodiversity loss while maintaining wood production. These are some of the challenges presented in the report “How Sectors Can Contribute to Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity” that served as scientific basis to the fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) that was presented during the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, Korea.

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23 September, 2014

Unravelling the ‘landscape approach’ – are we on the right track?

Forests and farmland are increasingly threatened by pressures on our landscapes for commodity agriculture, urban development, mining, tourism, transport infrastructure. The futures of family farmers, pastoralists, forest-dependent communities, fishing communities and indigenous people are at stake. The ‘landscape approach’ is increasingly hailed as an inclusive, equitable and multi-stakeholder means of addressing and resolving conflicts in land and water management. But is it working? Are we on the right track?

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