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24 October 2018 Ghana

Agroforestry is the key to higher yields and longevity of cocoa trees, according to Ghanaian cocoa farmer

While Cocoa Agroforestry is being touted in recent times as the solution to combating deforestation driven by the conversion of forests into farmlands, fueled in part by the expansion of monoculture cocoa farms, Madam Gladys Adjei, a 52-year-old veteran cocoa farmer, says cocoa agroforestry also holds the key to obtaining higher yields and prolonging the lifespan of cocoa trees.

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18 October 2018 Liberia

CSOs in Liberia launch national advocacy strategy

On Friday, October 19, 2018 a national advocacy strategy in Liberia is being launched under the theme “Setting the stage for campaign against illegal logging as well as the blatant disregard for community’s rights and benefits as it relates to Social Agreement.” The advocacy strategy is organized by Liberian Civil Society Organizations under the banner, NGO Coalition of Liberia.

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09 October 2018 Colombia

Traditional knowledge about the great catfish “Piraiba” receives the Colombian Science prize 2018

For more than two decades they worked together to document the traditional knowledge on the catfish of the Colombian Amazon; Luis Angel Trujillo (a fisherman), Confucio Hernandez (an Uitoto indigenous biologist) and Carlos Rodríguez (director of Tropenbos Colombia). The resulting book titled “Piraiba: Ecología ilustrada del gran bagre amazónico” (Piraiba: Illustrated ecology of the great Amazon catfish), has now received the highest award in Colombian sciences of the Foundation Alejandro Ángel Escobar. The award ceremony will take place on 10 October 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia.

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09 October 2018 Uganda

New insights into oil palm impacts through role playing

Gamers’ in a role-playing workshop said that it helped them explore the complexity of oil palm developments in the broader landscape, as they jointly constructed an action plan, and identified avenues for collaboration between local communities, project partners, local authorities and private companies.

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08 October 2018 Liberia

Liberian NGO Coalition, CSOs, received training in advocacy and engagement

Non-state actors in Liberia have obtained skills on how to positively engage key stakeholders, including concession companies, forest structures and Forestry Development Authority of Liberia, in the management of forests through a training in advocacy and engagement held in May 2018, in Monrovia, Liberia.

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25 September 2018 Liberia

Transparency & accountability in forest governance: making the case for communities in Liberia

An advocacy strategy that seeks to publicize and promote changes in laws, regulations, contracts and agreements in the forestry sector in Liberia has been developed under the framework of the EU sponsored project “Strengthening the capacity of non-state actors to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Western Africa”, through the NGO Collation of Liberia (NCL).

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