FSC certification is not the right instrument to improve forest governance in DR Congo at the moment. This was the conclusion of a network event organised by WWF and the Dutch Tropical Forest Association VTB the 23th of April at the WWF office in Zeist, the Netherlands.23 April, 2013
Sustainable forestry business is possible and examples of this abound, but to achieve sufficient credibility these business cases need to be scaled up . This was a major message emanating from the side event Good Business: Making Private Investment Work for Forests at the UNFF-10 on April 15 in Istanbul. The side event was jointly organized by World Bank/PROFOR, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Tropenbos International.15 April, 2013
Indigenous communities and territory come together as one, but the relationship implies a variety of visions and interpretations. From a traditional point of view, the territory is multidimensional: it considers not only the physical-geographical area or the political-administrative dimensions, but it also includes the shamanic, mythological and inter-ethnic aspects. These are some of the elements that TBI Colombia recovers in the publication Traditional cartography of the Yucuna-Matapí: The knowledge and management of the traditional territory.
Supply of illegal timber to the domestic market has become one of the main forest governance issues in Ghana today. Although outlawed in 1998, illegal chainsaw milling (CSM) has become the major supplier (about 84%) of timber to the domestic market. Discussions on chainsaw milling have become an important part of the EU-Ghana Voluntary Partnership Agreement since the country cannot fully meet the legality assurance aspect of the agreement without adequately addressing supply of illegal timber to the domestic market.
Tropenbos International in partnership with the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and Forestry Commission (FC) and supported by the EU implemented a project “Developing alternatives for illegal chainsaw milling (CSM) through multi-stakeholder dialogue” that sought to address the problem of illegal CSM in Ghana. Key findings from the project included that CSM is increasing because (1) the high demand for lumber on the domestic market is not being met from sawmills and (2) CSM provides livelihood support to a wide range of local people and thus plays a significant role in rural economies. Based on these findings, and supported by sound scientific information, forest stakeholders in Ghana reached a consensus through their representation in the multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) of the EU Chainsaw Milling Project, that a policy option that allows artisanal millers (found in local communities) to join selected sawmills in supplying legal lumber for the domestic market is best for addressing illegal CSM in Ghana.. This proposal has since been accepted by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and modalities for implementing it are being worked out by the Forestry Commission. Meanwhile, forest concession holders, aggregated in the Ghana Timber Association, have access to legal timber and are engaged in logging and supplying of logs to the wood processing mills in Ghana. However, lack of market for logs of lesser used species, which are not popular on the export market and therefore not wanted by the export-oriented sawmills in Ghana, is seriously constraining the concession holders. TBI Ghana, in conjunction with its partners including the Timber Industry Development Division of the Forestry Commission, is therefore piloting this project that seeks to link local communities (artisanal millers) with forest concession holders to produce legal lumber for the domestic market. The project seeks to develop and pilot artisanal milling models to demonstrate the potential of artisanal milling in addressing the domestic lumber supply problem. Beyond facilitating partnership between local communities and forest concession holders, the project will also build capacity of local actors to participate in a monitoring system to be developed for tracking lumber for the domestic market. This will build on the Wood Tracking System developed by Ghana’s Forestry Commission for the implementation of Voluntary Partnership Agreement. The project will be carried out in two regions (Eastern and Brong-Ahafo regions) in the High Forest Zone of Ghana where the practice is prevalent and the potential for collaboration exists.It is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations under the “ACP/EU-FLEGT Support Programme” .
The main objective of the project is to develop and pilot systems for linking local communities with forest concession holders to produce legal lumber for the domestic market.
12 months, ending December 2012