08 September, 2016

GUIDELINES - Participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder platforms in integrated landscape initiatives

The rapidly rising popularity of the landscape approach is resulting in a growing number of integrated landscape initiatives. Such initiatives often involve multi-stakeholder platforms, meant to enable discussions, negotiations and joint planning between stakeholders from various sectors in a given landscape. With growing investments in these platforms there is a need for simple and affordable methods to aid their planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME). Over the course of 2016, Tropenbos International and EcoAgriculture Partners have been working with other partners to develop and test such a method. This partnership has resulted in practical guidelines for participatory PME workshops that can be conducted with the members of a multi-stakeholder platform.

05 August, 2016

Knowledge on VPA shared with three west African countries

Master craftsmen and organisational leaders of Small and Medium Forest Enterprises from Senegal, Mali and Gambia have received training from Mr Erasmus Philip Ahorlu a craftsman and enterpreneur from Ghana on the Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and their environmental benefits.

27 July, 2016

A new paper rejects claims that drainage of peatlands for plantations can be sustainable

In 2015 Indonesia was hit by a disastrous haze event caused by extensive peatland fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. In response, the Indonesian government launched a national Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) with an ambitious target of restoring over 2 million hectares of peatlands by 2020. Success will depend on a proper understanding of the functioning of peatlands. A new policy brief by Wetlands International and Tropenbos International calls for a thorough science-based approach, instead of some of the currently widely applied policies and management models, which have insufficiently considered the issue of peatland subsidence.