13 December 2021 the Netherlands

Increasing access to finance for sustainable forestry and agroforestry businesses - Five questions about a new and innovative TBI programme

Smallholders and small and medium size-enterprises (SMEs) in the global south often lack the capital to invest in sustainable businesses, even when they are profitable. This is especially true in the forestry and agroforestry sectors, which are considered risky by banks. To address this, Tropenbos International (TBI) is developing a financial support unit, named Green Finance for SMEs, or GFS in short. Here Eveline Trines, senior expert business & finance at TBI, answers five questions about this new programme, made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.*

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13 December 2021 General

Community-based monitoring and enforcement is key to conservation - In conversation with Marieke van der Zon

NGOs that support community-based forest conservation often focus on communities that have formal titles to their forest, as this is considered a main condition for success. According to Marieke van der Zon, PhD student at Wageningen University, the importance of having formal titles is overstated. Instead, she stresses that the key to conversation success lies in community-based monitoring and enforcement.

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12 December 2021 the Netherlands

Appointment of TBI Managing Director

Working to improve the governance and management of tropical forests for the benefit of people, biodiversity, and sustainable development.

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01 December 2021 General

Call for contributions - Towards fire-smart landscapes

EXTENDED | Tropical Forest Issues #61 (formerly ETFRN news) will document experiences on integrated fire management that address governance, landscape level implementation and local stakeholder participation. It will present context-specific examples of fire-smart management approaches in tropical landscapes, from which common features will be drawn.

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25 November 2021 General

Partnership between Tropenbos International and the Forest Foundation Philippines results in mutual learning - A conversation between René Boot and Jose Andres Canivel

Partnerships between NGOs are increasingly commonplace, providing opportunities to learn with and from each other. This is well illustrated by Tropenbos International and the Forest Foundation Philippines, which have been working together for five years. Over zoom, the directors of both organizations entered into a lively conversation, exploring the merits of their partnership.

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18 November 2021 the Netherlands

EU proposal for a regulation to curb EU-driven deforestation and forest degradation: a first step in the right direction but is it enough?

Deforestation and forest degradation are important sources of biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and human rights abuses. It is widely understood that EU consumption destructs tropical forests around the globe; the EU has therefore the responsibility to urgently act. Voluntary steps to make supply chains deforestation-free are not sufficient to address the problem of imported deforestation.

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