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19 September 2019 Liberia

Regional Forest Dialogue in Liberia ends with key recommendations for the forestry sector

Key recommendations for improving existing laws, regulations, policies, agreements and operations of forest structures and companies is the result of a one day regional forest dialogue among representatives of communities, companies and local and national government in Bong County, Liberia (August 29, 2019).

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05 September 2019 Indonesia

The village forest of Laman Satong: for money and more

After having received a village forest permit, the village of Laman Satong in West Kalimantan can earn money from its forest by selling carbon credits. However, the money should not be the prime motivation to protect the forest, according to one of the village’s customary elders.

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05 September 2019 Indonesia

Village forest and oil palm: friend or foe?

In this short video we present how the villagers of Laman Satong in West Kalimantan prevented their forest from being converted into an oil palm plantation by applying for a village forest permit. But they did not ban oil palm completely.

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03 September 2019 the Netherlands

Annual Report 2018 - Making knowledge work for forests and people

Recognition is growing of the contribution that forests and trees must play in any credible global strategy to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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24 July 2019 the Netherlands

Community forest rights: What are the conditions for success?

When working on community forest rights, we need to look beyond the formalization of these rights and also work on the enabling environment that allows the community to benefit from their forest resources. This was the key message of a session titled “Community forest rights: What are the key conditions for success?”, organized by Tropenbos International and ClientEarth, during the 2019 LANDac Conference in Utrecht.

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24 July 2019 Uganda

Lessons learned and recommendations for future developments of oil palm in Kalangala and Buvuma, Uganda

The Government of Uganda had the best intentions when oil palm was established. The aim was to reduce poverty among the Lake Victoria island populations of Kalangala and Buvuma districts, and contribute to import substitution through domestic production of palm oil. However, the implementation strategy fell short on a number of aspects, leading to multiple negative impacts on the intended beneficiaries as well as on the environment. It is thus crucial to acknowledge and better understand these impacts, mitigate them, and prevent their reoccurrence in the other suggested oil palm expansion hubs.

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