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30 June 2020 

Real-time monitoring of forests in Ghana

In Ghana, an innovative system has been set up for community-based real-time monitoring of forestry activities and governance. By means of smartphones, about 200 trained monitors collect evidence about compliance with social responsibility agreements (SRAs), logging in forests, compensation and other aspects. The information is shared on the web-based platform ForestLink and then verified and processed by intermediary CSOs. It is then that the Forestry Commission, with whom the platform works well in a strong alliance, has access to the information and may take remediate actions.

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30 June 2020 Bolivia

Towards better forest management and governance in Bolivia

A couple of years ago, the restructuring of forest management began in the Bolivian Indigenous Territory of Lomerío. This should lead to better logging plans, higher timber prices and a better distribution of income from logging. Villagers will benefit from this.

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30 June 2020 Indonesia

Participatory mapping: a prerequisite for spatial planning in Indonesia

Tropenbos Indonesia facilitated participatory mapping in several villages in Ketapang District. The results are scaling up and will be adopted in district spatial planning.

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30 June 2020 Uganda

Field trip opens doors to improvements in oil palm plantations in Uganda

At the beginning of this century the Government of Uganda established oil palm plantations on the island of Kalangala, in Lake Victoria. This caused many problems to local communities. In the case of new oil palm plantations to be set up in Buvuma, the question is whether these negative impacts can be avoided.

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30 June 2020 Viet Nam

Coffee farmers in Viet Nam switch to intercropping

Coffee farmers in Viet Nam’s Central Highlands are increasingly applying intercropping to their coffee plantations. This results in more income and a better resilience against climate change.

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30 June 2020 Suriname

Better agricultural practices in Suriname lead to sustainable livelihoods

In a Saamaka Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, the owners of a new agricultural cooperative learn that higher agricultural yields are possible with forest-saving agricultural methods. The idea is to scale up this good agricultural practice to more villages in the interior of Suriname.

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