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12 September 2018 Ghana

NORAD to the rescue of ‘galamsey’ ravaged communities in Ghana

The Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) is lending support to the Ghana Government to step up the governance of its natural resources by funding two non-governmental organisations working in the forestry sector; Tropenbos Ghana and A Rocha Ghana, to generate empirical information that will feed into the creation of an Integrated Land-Use Policy.

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05 September 2018 the Netherlands

Making knowledge work for forests and people - Annual Report 2017

This annual report highlights our achievements and work during 2017 towards realising conditions that enable climate-smart landscapes and therefore the promotion of the sustainable use of forests and trees for the benefit of local people and the global community.

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04 September 2018 Ghana

Artisanal millers in Ghana are granted small-scale timber rights

Artisanal timber millers are the key suppliers to Ghana’s domestic timber market. However, they have only limited access to commercial timber from production forests. This access is provided by means of Timber Utilisation Contracts (TUCs). TUCs are granted through a competitive bidding process that puts artisanal millers at a disadvantage. They lack the financial capacity to compete for contracts against the large-scale traditional millers.

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04 September 2018 Ghana

Artisanal milling can boost local economies in Ghana

For several years, Tropenbos Ghana has lobbied policymakers throughout Ghana to adopt artisanal milling as the preferred method for small and medium-scale milling as an alternative to chainsaw milling, which is banned in the country but still practised. To reinforce these lobbying efforts, Tropenbos Ghana decided to investigate the economic viability of artisanal milling using the Net Present Value (NPV) method.

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04 September 2018 DR Congo

The voice of artisanal loggers in eastern DR Congo is being heard

TBI has been working to promote and legalise the artisanal milling sector in DR Congo since 2010. This includes supporting artisanal loggers in what was then Province Orientale to organise themselves into legal associations.

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04 September 2018 Ghana

Communities in Ghana hold timber companies accountable

In Ghana, timber companies and timber producing communities are obliged to sign Social Responsibility Agreements (SRAs). The agreements are intended to compensate the communities for their contribution to forest resource management. The SRAs also require the timber companies to allocate 5% of their stumpage fees to development projects in the communities. However, a survey conducted by Tropenbos Ghana in 39 timber producing communities in the Western and Brong-Ahafo regions revealed that very few signed SRAs are being implemented.

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