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01 May 2019 the Netherlands

Strengthening governance through conversations in the landscape

Forested landscapes are shaped by people; their relationships, beliefs and ambitions as well as their decisions and rules for the management of the landscape. This makes it important to understand such processes, and their influence on the sustainable future of the landscapes across the world.

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30 April 2019 the Netherlands

A scientist’s bias toward social justice - In discussion with CIFOR’s Anne Larson

Before becoming a scientist and expert on community rights to forests, Anne Larson was an activist – but not a very good one, she says. “To be a good activist, even if you understand the complexity of things, you have to be able to put it in simple terms, and run with ideas that are catchy: things that can be said in a few lines, or a few words, and which can be put in a headline.”

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24 April 2019 the Netherlands

“The second wave of decolonization” - A conversation with Andy White

More and more Indigenous peoples and local communities are having their collective rights to the forest formalized. Between 2002 and 2017, forest areas with formally recognized collective property rights grew by 152 million hectares – three times the size of Spain. This is one of the findings of a recent analysis of global forest tenure data from 58 countries, published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) in 2018.

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18 April 2019 the Netherlands

Forest finance partnerships more productive than competition

Benjamin Singer of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat shares his views on inclusive landscape finance in the latest of this new interview series. He brings a decade of experience from his role in implementing the UNFF’s Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network to the discussion. Here he reflects on using public funds to assist developing countries in their efforts to mobilize finance for sustainable forest management.

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18 April 2019 the Netherlands

Untangling Tenure

In 2019, Tropenbos International will conduct a review of community rights to forested land and the key conditions for success. We will dive into the literature and review experiences from across the world. We will collect the stories of communities with collective rights, and bring together the perspectives of various experts. The findings will be shared through regular updates on our website.

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16 April 2019 

Latest ETFRN news - Exploring inclusive palm oil production

Widespread palm oil production causes much controversy due to its negative impacts in the tropics. But whatever is said about it, it is big business and getting bigger by the day due to increasing global demands. Alongside this, the size and depth of the social and environmental debates surrounding palm oil production are also growing. As a major globally-consumed commodity, its production in the humid and sub-humid tropics raises concerns due to its impacts on the environment, biodiversity, local communities, smallholder livelihoods, land rights and climate change.

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