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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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25 September 2018 Liberia

Forested communities in Liberia trained in community forest monitoring

Over 60 people in forested communities in Lofa, Gbarpolu and Sinoe counties in Liberia have received training in Community Forest Monitoring (CFM). The training has empowered community members to document illegal logging activities, monitor social agreements’ implementation signed between communities and companies and resolve and mitigate potential challenges in accessing benefit from the forests-using forest monitoring tools.

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24 September 2018 Ghana

Securing Food and Ecosystem Services in Mining Plagued Regions of Ghana

Illegal artisanal and small-scale mining has destroyed fertile agricultural lands, water bodies and forests in mining communities in Ghana. This has endangered food security in the affected communities while jeopardizing biodiversity.

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