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.
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It is widely acknowledged that improving forest governance is an important prerequisite for sustainable forest management and reducing deforestation and forest degradation. Making governance work better for people and forests is not an easy task. Divergent interests, imbalanced power relations and unequal access to information, decision-making, resources and benefits all contribute to this challenge.
The 29 articles in this issue of ETFRN News showcase a rich diversity of examples of how forest governance has been addressed in various settings. The issue brings together experiences from a wide range of forest governance reform initiatives. Some relate to new lessons from well-established approaches to forest governance reform, such as community forestry; others relate to more recently developed initiatives, such as FLEGT. The articles show that international instruments — such as Voluntary Partnership Agreements, forest certification and more recently, REDD+ — are important drivers to address governance in the forest sector.
Experiences described in the articles demonstrate that forest governance challenges do not have “one-size-fits-all” solutions. They also show that regardless of the entry point to initiate forest governance reform, there is always a set of underlying inter-related governance issues. Therefore, an integrated process approach is essential to successfully address forest governance reform. The participatory processes of “good” forest governance create the capacity for continuous learning and enhance the ability to adapt to lessons learned. The articles reveal that transparency, communication and access to information, and multi-stakeholder engagement in deliberative processes, particularly the meaningful participation of disadvantaged groups, are essential ingredients in moving forward with forest governance.
ETFRN News No. 53, produced by Tropenbos International, has been made possible by the financial assistance of the European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Facility, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland, and the Government of the Netherlands.