Making knowledge work for forests and people
During years artisanal loggers in the Orientale Province of DR Congo have been faced with all sort of irregularities from the authorities at the moment of paying taxes, processing logging permits and paying fees. As was the case on 13 January 2017 when the chair of an association of artisanal loggers from Bafwasende went with 15,000 US$ in an envelope to pay the taxes owed by the members of its association to the province of Tshopo. But the authorities didn’t issue the permit for the period stipulated by the law.12 December, 2016
Despite being a major source of electricity for daily use and production activities, excessive hydropower plant development in the Central zone and Central Highlands of Viet Nam has created adverse social-environmental impacts and on local people’s livelihoods. The main issues include ineffective planning, lack of proper monitoring of the implementation, and unsolved problems regarding compensation and resettlement for affected people. Those were the main conclusions drawn during the workshop “Sustainable Hydropower Plants Development in Viet Nam’s Central Zone and Central Highlands” jointly organized by Tropenbos International Viet Nam (TBI Viet Nam), the Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD), the Da Nang Union of Science and Technology Associations, and the Viet Nam Rivers Network (VRN) on 6 December 2016 in Da Nang city.14 November, 2016
The educational processes on environmental issues about the use and conservation of the tropical dry forests in the Caribbean region in Colombia have been strengthen by the various educational materials produced by the project Alternative pedagogical approaches in the dry tropical forest.
A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY FOR INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - Forested landscapes form the cornerstone of the livelihoods of about 1.2 billion people: almost 20% of the world’s population.
A large proportion of these people are among the poorest in the world. They are often particularly disadvantaged because their rights over land and natural resources are frequently ill-defined and far from assured. Forested landscapes are also crucially linked to the rest of the world: they provide natural services such as climate resilience, biodiversity, and food and water security. Despite these tremendous services, almost a third of the world’s forests have disappeared and another 20% of global forest cover is seriously degraded.
Unsustainable cultivation of food, animal feed and energy crops is one of the root causes of deforestation as the expansion of plantations leads to further deforestation and land degradation. Incentivized by agricultural and trade policies, international actors such as multinational corporations and investors are major drivers of forest loss. Still, also local communities and small, local companies can contribute heavily to loss and degradation of forests. Another important driver of deforestation and land degradation is the lack of political and private will to safeguard the critical functions that forests provide.
Scientific and empirical research shows that local communities have a crucial role to play in safeguarding productive forested landscapes. However, three conditions need to be met for communities to actually be able to play this role: (1) security of land tenure, or access to land, (2) inclusion in decision-making on land use by government and the local and international private sector, and (3) nature-based approaches to the management of forested landscapes to add to their traditional, time-proven knowledge. Once in place, these conditions enable local communities to engage with stakeholders from the public and private sector to jointly decide on land use. This is inclusive and sustainable governance of forested landscapes.
For the three conditions to be met, the proper local, national and international legislation and corporate policies need to be in place. The Green Livelihoods Alliance (Milieudefensie, IUCN NL and Tropenbos International) seeks to strengthen the abilities and effectiveness of Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) to influence these policies and practices to achieve the inclusive and sustainable governance of forested landscapes. The core of the Alliance’s strategy, therefore, is to join CSOs in lobbying for and advocating inclusive and sustainable governance of forested landscapes and to strengthen the capacity of our partner CSOs to technically, politically and economically empower and represent local communities.
Where possible, through collaboration the Green Livelihoods Alliance will facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues with a wider group of CSOs, local and international companies and governments to improve policies and practices. Where necessary, we will empower CSO partners to press public and private stakeholders for change.
2016 - 2020