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28 April 2021 DR Congo

Village forest committees in DR Congo take matters into their own hands

As soon as communities in DR Congo received formal forest rights, they established new rules for forest management. The result: fewer trees are being cut, and the communities are earning more money.

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26 April 2021 Indonesia

Tropenbos Indonesia key contributor to international HCV screening guide

Tropenbos Indonesia helped develop an approach to identify areas with high conservation value within a landscape. At the end of 2020, updated guidelines were published, which are expected to become an invaluable tool for companies, NGOs and governments.

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22 April 2021 the Netherlands

Tropenbos International and Postcode Lottery join hands to support small and medium-sized (agro)forestry enterprises in the global South

Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds to support organisations working for a fairer, greener world. Thanks to the Postcode Lottery’s 3 million participants the lottery has grown to become the Netherlands' biggest charity lottery and supports over 100 nongovernmental organizations. This year the Lottery was able to support Tropenbos International (TBI) with a contribution of one million euros to develop a financial support unit, with a focus on small and medium size-enterprises (SMEs) in the forestry and agroforestry sectors in the global south. We call it ‘Green Finance for SMEs’, or GFS in short. It will enable these enterprises to access capital, with which they can set up sustainable businesses.

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22 April 2021 Colombia

Participatory productive restoration takes root in Colombia

The Government of Colombia aims to plant 180 million trees by 2022. To ensure that local communities are effectively involved, Tropenbos Colombia calls for the participatory productive restoration approach.

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20 April 2021 the Netherlands

Toward an EU law on deforestation commodities

Much of the deforestation that takes place in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America is the result of the European consumption of commodities, such as soy, cocoa and palm oil. Stricter EU-level regulations could go a long way to put an end to deforestation. Such regulations are a contentious political issue, but at the end of 2020, after years of concerted lobbying by TBI and partners, there was a breakthrough.

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15 April 2021 Indonesia

In times of COVID, Tropenbos Indonesia reaches more people than ever

Face-to-face meetings were central to the work of Tropenbos Indonesia until COVID-19 abruptly put an end to them in early 2020. Against all odds, the organization saw an opportunity to increase its outreach and involvement with stakeholders all over the country.

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