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05 July 2022 Indonesia
In Ketapang, Indonesia, wildfires keep recurring on drained peatlands, with devastating effects. Preventing them requires restoring water levels, but government officials, companies and farmers have long resisted this approach, fearing it would compromise the economy. In 2021, Tropenbos Indonesia managed to change their minds — a crucial first step towards structural wildfire prevention.
30 June 2022 the Netherlands
On 1 April 2022, René Boot retired as director of Tropenbos International (TBI). During his 20 years at the helm, he transformed TBI into an international network of autonomous organizations that help communities, companies and governments with improving the governance and management of tropical forests and woodlands. Here he talks with Koen Kusters about some of the insights he gained along the way.
29 June 2022 General
TBI aspires to increase the role of forest and tree-based strategies in national plans to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation goals, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In 2021 TBI’s efforts started showing the first promising results.
28 June 2022 General
Biodiversity, conservation, and nature-based solutions are essential for healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving businesses. However, there is a gap between new and existing development and climate investments and global funding for biodiversity, conservation, and nature-based solutions. Through a new series of Mobilising more for climate podcasts we will bring stories from the forefront of nature and climate finance that can help close this gap.
27 June 2022 Colombia
For several years, Tropenbos Colombia has been promoting participatory productive restoration (PPR) as an alternative to top-down restoration projects. After taking root in 2020, PPR really started growing in 2021. More than 100 initiatives are now up and running, and enthusiasm for PPR is spreading.
22 June 2022 the Netherlands
In response to the EU’s proposed regulation on deforestation-free products, Tropenbos International and 50 other civil society organizations call on the Commission to urgently assess smallholders’ needs. Without support, smallholders may struggle to comply and be excluded from the EU market while deforestation continues.