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29 November 2019 the Netherlands
Agriculture and forestry are central to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Nearly 60% of food production is produced by smallholders. Small and medium-sized enterprises also play an important role along the value chain in facilitating the economic viability of smallholder agriculture and forestry activities. All of them need sophisticated financial mechanisms to shift towards more sustainable practices. Unfortunately, as of today, less than 3% of climate and conservation finance is assigned to agriculture and forestry, and only a small proportion of this actually reaches the smallholders. This is an issue and a growing concern, as they are by far the largest food producers of the world.
26 November 2019 the Netherlands
Over the next few years 2019-2023, TBI intends to establish a programme on forest and landscape restoration as a contribution to climate-smart landscapes, focusing on Ethiopia and Sahelian drylands in Africa. This will provide a challenging and exciting opportunity for a qualified natural resources management specialist (m/f), to pioneer and coordinate this development in the programme.
08 November 2019 Colombia
In Colombia, the government recognises the right of Indigenous groups to use and manage their forests in Indigenous territories, called 'resguardos'. In this video Indigenous people and peasants talk about their perceptions of the forest, and how they can learn from each other.
08 November 2019 Colombia
Indigenous groups control a significant portion of the land in Colombia. This is good news for the forest, as the Indigenous worldview is based on the idea that people are an integrated part of nature. But this does not necessarily mean they reject modernity. There is a need to cherish and pass on Indigenous culture, while at the same time taking local development aspirations seriously, according to Carlos Rodriguez, director of Tropenbos Colombia.
04 November 2019 the Netherlands
Participate in an e-Dialogue on the draft of the paper “Scaling of innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” (available after registering).
22 October 2019 Indonesia
Forest fires have been wreaking havoc in large parts of Indonesia, most of them set deliberately to clear land for oil palm plantations. A recent government moratorium on expanding oil palm in forest areas could help preventing forest fires in the future, but the lack of accurate spatial data is a main barrier to implement the moratorium, says Edi Purwanto.