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12 July 2021 General

Community forestry: Who Benefits?

Community forestry has the potential to contribute to sustainable livelihoods for people living in and near forests. However, it is not uncommon that a large part of the benefits of collectively managed forests end up in the pockets of local elites. Civil society organizations (CSOs) therefore support communities to strengthen their internal governance processes and promote equitable benefit sharing. This raises complex questions, such as: Who decides what is fair? And how do new governance structures relate to customary decision making?

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21 June 2021 General

From stumps and seeds to sustainable Sahelian landscapes, and the need for a ‘version 2.0’ of the Great Green Wall, immediately!

Launched in 2007 by the African Union, the Great Green Wall initiative was to create a new ‘wonder of the world’. This was intended to be a belt of trees 7000 km long and 15 km wide, across eleven Saharan countries from Dakar to Djibouti, visable from space, with a 2030 target of restoring 100 million hectares. It would help to stop desertification, improve the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet, and contribute to Africa’s fight against climate change.

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15 June 2021 the Netherlands

Forest and tree-based strategies need to be part of Nationally Determined Contributions - In conversation with Bas Louman

Under the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, nearly 200 countries committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees °C above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also included a long-term goal to increase countries’ ability to adapt to adverse impacts of climate change. Moreover, the parties agreed that richer countries would provide climate finance to help poorer countries with achieving their climate targets.

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03 June 2021 the Netherlands

Sharing landscape experiences - Interview with Edwin Huizing

In March 2020, Edwin Huizing became the new chair of the general board of Tropenbos International, replacing Tini Hooymans. Huizing is the Executive Director at the Humanistic Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS), and has worked in international cooperation since 1989. He talked to Koen Kusters about his views on TBI and his role as chair.

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19 May 2021 General

Making knowledge work for forests and people - Annual review 2020

This annual review highlights a wide variety of outcomes of our work in 2020.

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17 May 2021 Ethiopia

Workshop on dryland restoration and dry forest management, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On Saturday 10 April, the 46 participants of a national workshop on dryland restoration and dry forest management ended an intensive three days of discussions with a huge result a shared vision between the federal government, in the shape of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC), and representatives of six regional governments (Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, Somali and Tigray), international research institutions, and NGOs.

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