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31 July, 2015

Strategy to side with indigenous people

To deal with rampant land disputes involving indigenous communities, the Environment and Forestry Ministry of Indonesia has set a target of redistributing 12.7 million hectares of social forests (2015-2019). The majority, 6.8 million ha, would be taken from concession forests — totaling 30 million ha, from which around 10 million ha are under industrial forest permits (HTI) and around 12 million ha are natural production forest concessions (HPH) — in the form of partnership forests, Hutan Kemitraan (HK).

30 July, 2015

Overland Export of Timber from Ghana: A Silent Canker

Aside Ghana increasing its efforts to address illegal logging and milling to secure the supply of legal timber to the domestic market, the country has to pay special attention to the overland export of timber. Ghana has a long history as a major supplier of high-value hardwood timber and wood products to European, Asian and African markets. As a signer of the Voluntary Partnership agreement with the EU, Ghana has a commitment not only to export legal wood but also source and trade in legal timber on the domestic market. A study conducted by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana has brought to the limelight the overland trade in wood and wood products as a vibrant one but largely illegal.

30 July, 2015

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue in Ghana Formally Institutionalised

A culture of stakeholder consultation in decision making in the forestry sector is gaining space through the institutionalization of the multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD). During the 13th MSD meeting of the EU Chainsaw Milling project which took place at the Forestry Commission Training Center in Kumasi on 16th July, 2015 the National Forest Forum- Ghana (NFF-G) accepted to merge with the MSD platform established by the EU Chainsaw milling project.