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06 December 2012 Colombia

Local Knowledge and Territories of Life

The role of institutions in the strengthening and the recognition of local knowledge, as well as the need to develop social projects that promote the autonomy of communities and participative research methodologies were the main issues discussed during the event “Local Knowledge and Territories of Life”.

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01 November 2012 DR Congo

Cross-border flows of timber in the Great Lakes Countries

TBI DR Congo organised together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-DR Congo), a workshop on cross-border flows of timber between DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and national and local strategies to control the timber trade between these four countries.

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01 November 2012 DR Congo

Tropenbos International contributes to the discussion about artisanal logging and FLEGT - VPA process in DR Congo

At the Forest Governance Forum in Kinshasa (11-12 September), organized by TBI and TheIDLGroup, TBI presented its work on artisanal logging in DR Congo and Ghana. Artisanal logging, or chainsaw milling in Ghana, is the on-site conversion of logs into lumber using chainsaws. Significant and increasing amounts of timber in the tropics for local markets are produced using this simple technology. For many local and indigenous forest dependent communities, artisanal logging is an important source of income.

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12 October 2012 Ghana

Establish a conflict management unit within Ghana’s Forestry Commission

Conflicts over the use and management of forest and tree resources abound in Ghana. These have often led to loss of incomes, livelihoods and forests, and sometimes resulting in injuries and even deaths. But establishing a specialised unit within the Forestry Commission for forest conflict management could offer the necessary leverage for better managing them. This is according to Dr. Mercy Derkyi, a TBI Ghana supported PhD graduate of the University of Amsterdam.

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02 October 2012 the Netherlands

Making knowledge work for forests and people. Tropenbos International Strategic Plan 2011-2016

Twenty-five years ago, Tropenbos International was created to harness the contributions of the science community towards the sustainable management of tropical rain forests. Much progress has been made since then, and I am proud of the contributions that we, with our partners, have been able to make.

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02 October 2012 the Netherlands

Unlocking National Opportunities: New Insights on Financing Sustainable Forest and Land Management

For sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable land management (SLM) there is more in-country money than is typically accessed, especially when considering private investments and informal financing. The main challenge is to build the capacity to access and make efficient use of the existing resources. This capacity can be built through enabling investments in governance, institutional and local capacity. There is a need to strengthen links between financial institutions and the forest and land sectors, in order to build trust and facilitate the mobilization of domestic financial resources. This are some of the findings presented in the publication “"Unlocking National Opportunities: New Insights on Financing Sustainable Forest and Land Management".

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