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07 March 2013 Colombia

Gold mining activities big threat for local communities in the Colombian Amazon

Gold mining activities are a real threat for the local communities in the Colombian Amazon according to the report “Mining from a local perspective” compiled by Tropenbos International Colombia. This document gathers more than 40 testimonies of local communities regarding the impact of mining activities in their territories.

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05 March 2013 DR Congo

Increasing land purchases around Kisangani cause conflicts with local population

Urban dwellers are buying more and more land around Kisangani, Oriental Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These land purchases cause conflicts with the local population. A study conducted by Tropenbos International DR Congo (TBI DR Congo) in the region of Kisangani during December 2012 and January 2013 shows that if customary rights are considered and respected in formal land acquisition processes, conflicts over land could be reduced considerably.

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04 March 2013 Indonesia

Sustainable management practice drives bigger demand for HCV training in Indonesia

In the last three years, more than 200 professionals have completed High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment Trainings conducted by Tropenbos International (TBI) Indonesia and its partners. The number of participants has surged significantly and the latest training in Yogyakarta in November 2012 attracted over 60 participants from all over the country.

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11 February 2013 Ghana

TBI Ghana pilots Wood Tracking System for the domestic market

TBI Ghana has developed and started piloting a Wood Tracking System (WTS) for the domestic timber production and trade. This domestic WTS is part of the implementation of a project that aims to link local communities with forest concession holders to produce legal lumber for the domestic market. The project is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (“FAO”) under the “ACP-FLEGT Support Programme”.

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11 February 2013 Ghana

Artisanal Milling Defined

The process for defining Artisanal Milling as part of operationalising a policy option to supply legal lumber to the domestic market has been concluded during the 9th National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD) meeting on 7th November, 2012 at the Forestry Commission (FC) Auditorium in Accra.

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08 January 2013 the Netherlands

Responsible Enterprise, International Cooperation and Tropical Forest Management. Are we on the right track?

The development policy of the Netherlands considers the active engagement of the private sector a key priority in achieving sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Companies are also increasingly aware of the need and opportunities to develop and implement Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies and strategies in their daily business. In the Netherlands, many companies and business sectors directly or indirectly have an impact on tropical forests, their management and conservation, including through forest concessions, agricultural and timber production and trade chains, financing and investment.

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