30 June 2023 the Netherlands

Locally owned solutions for thriving and climate-resilient landscapes — In conversation with Joost van Montfort

In June 2022, Joost van Montfort succeeded René Boot as the Executive Director of Tropenbos International (TBI). Having worked for various civil society organizations, including WWF, IUCN NL, AidEnvironment, SNV and Doctors without Borders, Joost has extensive experience with programme management, partnership building and organizational change. Here he talks with Koen Kusters about his views on TBI’s role, his ambitions, and the lessons he brings with him from other organizations.

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28 June 2023 the Netherlands

Open call: Online training on conflict analysis for the Tropenbos International network

We are looking for an expert/organization who can organize and facilitate an online training on conflict analysis.

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22 June 2023 General

Learning about cocoa: exchange between Ghana and DRC

On 15 February 2023, after a 20-hour journey, a team consisting of staff from Tropenbos Democratic Republic of Congo, community leaders and a representative of a cocoa buyer, arrived at the airport in Accra. They were welcomed by Tropenbos Ghana, who invited them for a 10-day visit to learn about cocoa sector in Ghana. The visit provided a great opportunity for learning and exchange within the Tropenbos International network. At the end of the learning visit, the team from DRC shared their observations about the impact of cocoa production on landscapes and important lessons for cocoa in DRC.

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15 June 2023 Ethiopia

An inclusive approach to developing a national restoration strategy in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, PENHA led the truly inclusive development of a national dryland restoration strategy that is widely supported across regions and government departments. This has inspired others to adopt a similar approach.

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14 June 2023 Ghana

Female cocoa farmers challenge Ghanaian tree tenure law

A law in Ghana stipulates that all naturally growing trees are owned by the state. In 2022, female cocoa farmers collaborated with Tropenbos Ghana to draw attention to the adverse effects of this law on their livelihoods.

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13 June 2023 Viet Nam

Enhancing the role of ethnic minorities in forest management in Viet Nam

Tropenbos Viet Nam actively engaged government officials in research into the forest management traditions of ethnic minorities. As a result, government officials are now more aware of the role that ethnic minorities can play in forest management and conservation.

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