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16 March 2012 Ghana

TBI Ghana project to build capacity of local communities to produce legal lumber for the domestic market launched

Forest communities in Ghana will soon be producing lumber to shore up the volume of legal lumber supply for the domestic market. This is to be made possible as Tropenbos International Ghana implements a project that seeks to link local communities to forest concession holders to produce legal lumber under the FAO/ACP/EU-FLEGT Support Programme.

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09 February 2012 the Netherlands

Promoting legal timber trade for sustainable forest management in Ghana

The domestic timber market in Ghana is large (2.5 million m3) and will expand significantly as Ghana’s population is predicted to double by 2030 to almost 50 million. More than 700,000 livelihoods depend on this trade. Non-regulation of the domestic timber market will lead to forest degradation, loss of environmental services and rural and urban poverty, as well as jeopardizing the legal international timber trade.

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20 January 2012 Suriname

The CELOS Management System: a contribution to improved forest management

The CELOS Management System (CMS) is a system for harvesting tropical rainforests which aims to cause minimal disturbance to the ecosystem while also providing economic return. CMS was developed by the Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS) and the Agricultural University of Wageningen (The Netherlands; nowadays WUR). Starting in the 1960/70s, it was originally developed for Suriname, but has gained international recognition.

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18 January 2012 Viet Nam

Food security and energy development in Viet Nam

The economic structure of Vietnam has drastically shifted since the mid 1980's from an agriculture based system to one that is multi-based.

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09 January 2012 Viet Nam

How Viet Nam is prepared to meet legal requirements of timber export markets

More and more markets are demanding legal verification of timber products, e.g. the EU with its Timber Regulation and the US with its Lacey Act. The EU and VS are important export destinations for Viet Nam’s timber products (more than 80% of total export revenue). In the report “How Viet Nam is prepared to meet legal requirements of timber export markets” TBI aims to provide some initial assessments of the impacts of these emerging market requirements.

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05 December 2011 the Netherlands

Current status of community forestry in Cameroon

In the publication “Etat des lieux de la foresterie communautaire et communale au Cameroun” (Current status of community forestry in Cameroon) Tropenbos International reviews more than 15 years of community forestry in Cameroon and gives some lessons for its application in other Central African countries.

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