Making knowledge work for forests and people
Indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon consider abundance, in terms of livelihood wealth, as an important aspect of their cultural background. The story “the tree of life and abundance” narrated by the indigenous elder and local researcher Abel Rodriguez includes the traditional management of food and the understanding these communities have regarding well-being as presented in their mythology of origin.27 March, 2014
The great potential for synergies between FLEGT and REDD+ has yet to be achieved in practice. This is the conclusion of the ETFRN News “Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to Improve Forest Governance”. The publication presents 22 experiences and viewpoints from around the world about the linkages between FLEGT, REDD+ and other international forest management initiatives.05 March, 2014
The need for a formal forestry extension service for the forestry sector in Ghana has become crucial in the light of massive reforestation and plantation development by both smallholder farmers and commercial entities. This was the subject of an essay competition organized by Tropenbos International Ghana for tertiary students in natural resource management as part of its capacity building efforts.
General - 2011
Research related to tropical rainforests involves field-based data collection. Much of this information gathering takes place in territories occupied by indigenous and other forest-based communities. Members of these communities are often used as sources of information for a wide range of topics, including the local use of plants and animals, and conditions of soil, water and forests. This information is often referred to as indigenous or local knowledge.
TBI has developed a Code of Conduct (CoC) to guide researchers in the careful consideration of ethical issues in their field work and publication activities regarding indigenous or local knowledge. This CoC provides a concise background on ethical issues related to forestry research and a practical tool to deal with these issues responsibly.