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08 avril, 2016

Woodcarvers push for a place in Ghana’s voluntary partnership agreement amidst risks of being excluded

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 mars, 2016

Stakeholders gain faith in Ghana’s forestry sector

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 mars, 2016

The role of civil society in the implementation of community forestry in the DRC

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.