Making knowledge work for forests and people
Providing alternatives to illegal chainsaw milling practices through the EU Chainsaw Milling Project. Illegal logging in Ghana is partly a problem of poverty. Changing the policy environment — especially enforcement to combat illegal logging — has proved to be important over the years, but needs to be complemented by offering alternative income opportunities to illegal activities to the rural poor in forest communities. The Chainsaw Milling Project, initiated by the Ghana Forestry Commission, the Forest Research Institute of Ghana and Tropenbos International, with funding from the European Commission, involves stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to illegal and unsustainable chainsaw milling practices.16 February, 2015
The charcoal commodity chain in Ghana will soon receive a lot of attention through a collaborative effort between University of Copenhagen (UC) Denmark, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Tropenbos International Ghana (TBI Ghana). This will happen because the Danish Government has given out and amount of USD1,415,000 for a new project titled - “Property, access and exclusion along the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana” simply called the AX project.21 January, 2015
The High Conservation Value Network Indonesia (HCVNI) was established in April 2011 as a response to the increasing concerns in Indonesia regarding the absence of an entity to improve and to share the knowledge and skills that could eventually improve the quality of HCV assessments. From October 2014, Kresno D. Santoso of Tropenbos International Indonesia has been appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Board of HCVNI. He will hold the position for the period of 2014-2017.
The project works in areas with fragile Andean-Amazonian ecosystems whose communities are trying to adapt to climate change. Based on real-life testimonies and case studies from the communities, the project compiles information about the impact of climate change and the adaptation practices that come from the traditional management of the natural resources and of the ecosystem. This information is gathered to develop public policy recommendations and advocacy activities to help Andean and Amazonian communities cope with the impacts of climate change.
The project is implemented by IUCN and SPDA and takes place in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. TBI Colombia facilitates the project in Colombia, coordinating initiatives and elaborating base line studies in the Middle Caquetá River region, especially in Araracuara among indigenous communities of ethnic groups as Nonuya, Uitoto, Andoque, Yukuna, Matapí and Muinane. Such studies include, an analysis of several traditional practices related to the indigenous knowledge of “healing time", including the performance of rituals for the seasonal cycles and the shamanistic management of the seasonal supply of livelihoods including wildlife animals, fish and fruits; and a detailed study of the traditional cultivation system “chagra”, which hold more than 120 seeds, including plant varieties resistant to droughts and prolonged flooding.
All the activities developed studied the way local communities adapt to climate changes based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities on the use of biodiversity in order to reach to generate policy recommendations on policy frameworks and teachings for similar ecosystems under threat. One of the main results is the publication The Life of the Chagra: Traditional Knowledge and Practices Contributing to the Adaptation to Climate Change, a video Curando el tiempo produced by SPDA and an animation of the Calendario Annual Muina with the local climate indicators and the traditional tales related to them. TBI Colombia also organized the capacity building event Biological and Cultural Diversity: Keys for the Adaptation to Climate Change reuniting several initiatives in Colombia working in adaptation form a local perspective.
Today indigenous communities in the Middle River Caquetá are working in the promotion of the diversity of life seed banks since they have recognized how this makes them more resilient to climate variations. This makes communities stronger in the debate about the threats of climate change at a local level and helps them demonstrate the functionality of their traditional practices for the management of the natural resources in the framework of adaptation.
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Programme Director TBI Colombia