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30 May 2019 the Netherlands

Financial products should be adjusted to better meet needs of community forest enterprises

Continuing the interview series on inclusive landscape finance, three members of the Association of Forest Communities of the Peten (ACOFOP) Guatemala share their insights with Bas Louman of Tropenbos International.

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28 May 2019 Indonesia

Without forest, no water, no Dayak - Conserving a village forest in West Kalimantan

After having received a village forest permit, the village of Laman Satong in West Kalimantan can now earn money from its forest by selling carbon credits. However, the money should not be the main reason for protecting the forest, according to one of the village’s customary elders.

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21 May 2019 Indonesia

CSOs key to implementing social forestry in Indonesia - In conversation with Edi Purwanto

In 2014, the Indonesian government started an ambitious social forestry program, aiming to provide communities with legal permits to manage and use forests located on state lands. As of March 2019, around 2.5 million hectares of land were titled under the program.

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21 May 2019 Indonesia

Video - The village forest permit: Challenges and conditions for social forestry in Indonesia

In Indonesia, forest tenure has long been a source of conflict. About two thirds of the country's terrestrial area is classified as state-forest land, even though local people have been living there for many generations. When the government allocates these areas for production or conservation purposes, local people face the threat of losing access to their traditional territories. To resolve this, the Indonesian government launched an ambitious social forestry program in 2014, giving communities formal rights to use and manage forests that are located on state land. Significant progress has been made, but many challenges remain. This video introduces the program and highlights some of the conditions for success.

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16 May 2019 the Netherlands

Scaling up sustainable forestry projects key to attracting finance

Continuing the interview series on inclusive landscape finance, Paul Hol, CEO of FORM International, shares his views on what is already being achieved and, more importantly, what still needs to be done to attract more investment for reforestation of degraded forest landscapes.

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14 May 2019 the Netherlands

A double-edged sword: Can formalization of forest rights empower women? - In conversation with Esther Mwangi

In large parts of the tropics, women collect fuelwood, fruits, vegetables and medicines from the forest. Although they depend on these forest resources for their livelihoods, their rights to the forest are often not secure. Esther Mwangi believes that this should change. Mwangi is a principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and here she talks about the relationship between gender and forest tenure – two topics she has been researching for many years.

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