Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities in Ghana

Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities in Ghana

Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade in partnership with the European Union (EU) places a strong emphasis on involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet farmers and communities do not always understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests. The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme supported a non-profit association, Sustainable Forest Management Partnership-Ghana, to increase awareness among farmers of their right to negotiate compensation when logging damages crops on their land. The project successfully fostered understanding among farmers and local communities of their entitlements, and also helped loggers better grasp their own responsibilities under the law. The project contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by improving local livelihoods and strengthening forest governance by increasing transparency.

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FAO-EU FLEGT Programme launches new call for concept notes in VPA countries

FAO-EU FLEGT Programme launches new call for concept notes in VPA countries

The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society, indigenous and tribal peoples, and private sector organizations in countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the European Union. Grants up to USD 110 000 are available through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries. Eligible applicants are invited to submit concept notes before 15 September 2017.

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FAO boosts support to promote legal timber trade in Lao PDR

FAO boosts support to promote legal timber trade in Lao PDR

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is stepping up support for the legal timber trade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with the official launch of two new projects that will strengthen the roles of civil society and the private sector in improving forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) in the country.

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Wildlife and protected area management survey: Deadline 20 August

Wildlife and protected area management survey: Deadline 20 August

To establish priorities and develop a work plan for the next biennium (2018-19), FAO is conducting a global survey with government counterparts, experts from international and national institutions, partner organizations, and internally with FAO staff, to take stock of past work on wildlife and protected area management and to assess the needs for future work.

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Wildllife and protected area management survey: Deadline 20 August

Wildllife and protected area management survey: Deadline 20 August

To establish priorities and develop a work plan for the next biennium (2018-19), FAO is conducting a global survey with government counterparts, experts from international and national institutions, partner organizations, and internally with FAO staff, to take stock of past work on wildlife and protected area management and to assess the needs for future work.

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