Making knowledge work for forests and people
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
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.19 July, 2016
Civil Society Organisations in Ghana (CSO’s) have decried attempts at carrying out mining activities in the Tano Offin Forest Reserve which is the fourth largest Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA) in Ghana with a land mass of 41,392 hectares.
Chainsaw milling is the on-site conversion of logs into lumber using chainsaws. Significant and increasing amounts of timber in the tropics for local markets are produced using this simple technology. For many local and indigenous forest dependent communities, chainsaw milling is an important source of income.
TBI is implementing an EU-funded project that aims to find sustainable solutions to the problems associated with the production of lumber for local timber markets by involving all stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to unsustainable chainsaw milling practices.
More information about the project in Ghana and Guyana:
The project’s overall objectives are to reduce poverty and promote viable livelihoods in forest-dependent communities; reduce illegal logging; and promote the conservation and sustainable management of tropical forests in Ghana and Guyana.
This project is funded by the European Union
EU delegation Ghana: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/ghana/index_en.htm
EU delegation Guyana: http://www.delguy.ec.europa.eu/
2007 - 2015
2007 - 2015
Forest Research Institutes
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