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17 May 2021 Ethiopia

Workshop on dryland restoration and dry forest management, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On Saturday 10 April, the 46 participants of a national workshop on dryland restoration and dry forest management ended an intensive three days of discussions with a huge result a shared vision between the federal government, in the shape of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC), and representatives of six regional governments (Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, Somali and Tigray), international research institutions, and NGOs.

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12 May 2021 Ghana

Promoting tree planting along riverbanks to protect water sources in Ghana

Tropenbos Ghana has encouraged hundreds of farmers to start planting trees on riverbanks to support long-term access to water. In addition, it created a platform for stakeholders to provide input to a bill for Parliament to protect riparian buffer zones from human activities.

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11 May 2021 General

Strengthening forest protection policies in West Africa through improved capacities and commitments

The work of a partnership of organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia led by Tropenbos International and Tropenbos Ghana, to increase the contribution of non-state actors, related to the EU’s FLEGT initiative, and REDD+ has resulted in a range of outcomes

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11 May 2021 Ghana

Civil society organizations collaborate to safeguard Ghana’s forest reserves

In 2019, CSOs rallied together to help conserve and protect Ghana’s remaining forests, launching the Civil Society-led Independent Forest Monitoring (CSIFM) platform. Members includes NDF, Tropenbos Ghana, Civic Response, EcoCare Ghana, Rural Development and Youth Association, Rainforest Alliance, and Friends of the Earth Ghana, and is open to all interested organizations. According to Abena Woode, NDF’s capacity building expert, this platform gives them a broader base, creating synergy between groups, leading to a united front for advocacy and influencing national policy.

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11 May 2021 Côte d'Ivoire

Small forest enterprises in Côte d’Ivoire organize themselves and influence policy

In May 2018, the government of Côte d’Ivoire adopted a policy for the conservation and restoration of its forests, and to increase its forest cover to 20% by 2030. One group who contribute to low compliance with forest sector laws are small businesses who depend on informal and illegal timber sawyers and traders, or buy left-over ‘legal’ timber from industrial sawmills. So, the formation of six small forest enterprises in 2019 that have committed to use only legal forest products and now play a role in improving forest governance, is a model for others to follow.

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11 May 2021 Ghana

Forest fringe communities in Ghana finally receive their rightful benefits

Ghana’s forest reserves provide invaluable ecosystem services to communities, and contribute significantly to the national economy. But these forests are rapidly deteriorating due to illegal logging, expansion of agriculture, mining and urbanization. Involving forest fringe communities is critical for sustainable and accountable forest resource management.

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