Making knowledge work for forests and people
Information and knowledge about the landscape approach for participatory land use planning at the communal level was shared during the kick-off workshop “Landscape Approach for Land Use Planning in Gung Re commune, Di Linh District” jointly organized by Tropenbos Viet Nam, the Sustainable Trade Initiative/the Initiative for Sustainable Landscape (IDH/ISLA) and the People’s Committee of Di Linh district on 12 April 2017.23 mars, 2017
In the presence of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, representatives of the Dutch timber trade, processing and retail sector, civil society, trade unions and the Dutch government, signed the Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management agreement. This will strengthen the business case for the sustainable management tropical forests, ensure international responsible business throughout the timber value chain, stimulate the market demand for sustainably produced timber and the simplification of administrative rules regarding the use of sustainably produced timber.23 mars, 2017
Signing of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management’ agreement - Den Dolder, the Netherlands, 22 March 2017 - In the presence of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, representatives of the timber, construction, furniture and retail industries, trade unions, civil society and the government, signed an agreement that will promote sustainable forest management and further strengthen international corporate social responsibility in the entire timber supply chain.
The upper Suriname River area is home to about 60 Maroon villages which combined have about 15,000 people that depend on the surrounding forests for their livelihood. Additionally this forest provides other ecosystem services of great importance for Suriname, such as the potential to store carbon (that supports the national REDD+ strategy). Unplanned economic development in the area, such as expansion of roads and mines, may be at the cost of local livelihoods, wildlife and ecosystem services.
Decision makers in Suriname lack the information to make land-use choices that optimize the delivery of goods and services from nature that sustain human life and enhance the economic potential of the country. Through this joint project developed by TBI Suriname, WWF-Guianas the Utrecht University, EU Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Association of Saramaka Authorities (VSG) decision makers will be assisted in identifying land-use scenarios. Using these scenarios, they can assess land-use changes and their effects on food, culture (e.g., aesthetic and recreation factors) and regulating services such as carbon sequestration and habitat provision. They can use this information to improve the planning of roads, dams, mines or areas for agriculture without negative trade-offs in ecosystem services.
The identification of the scenarios will be done through mapping in close collaboration with the members of the local communities. The mapping exercise will give an insight of the acquaintance the villagers have with the provisioning services (e.g. food, raw materials, and natural medicines), cultural services (e.g. shelter and tourism) and regulating services (e.g. carbon sequestration and storage, and habitat function for biodiversity). The gathered data will be visualized both on a tri-dimensional map (model) and a bi-dimensional map. Furthermore, the mapping exercise and stakeholder consultations will clarify possible conflicting activities in the areas.
With the identified scenarios the provision and flow of ecosystem services changes will be modeled under different land use and management scenarios. These models will enable the identification of critical thresholds in the capacity of the landscape to provide ecosystem services.
Furthermore, the project will give an understanding of the interaction between land-use, ecosystem services and ecosystem service users and beneficiaries. It will become clear how local people’s lives can be affected by different land-uses. An important reason why the villagers collaborate with the project is because the generated maps are a tangible indication of the areas that are fundamental to their survival and welfare. So while TBI will use the maps for modeling purposes, the villagers will use them for management plans for their territories and communication with the decision makers and other stakeholders.
July– December 2014
International and multilateral agencies
Foundations, NGOs and associations
Programme Director TBI Suriname