Fern : Voices from the forest



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Voices from the Forest.pdf



At a time when the space for civil society is shrinking, the need for people to be able to influence the powers that control their lives, and have the freedom to work together to tackle the challenges they face, is more critical than ever.



These reports from the frontline of the struggle against deforestation and illegal logging show how it can be done. Written by local journalists from tropical forested countries which have signed (or are negotiating) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) timber trade deals with the European Union (EU), these stories offer snapshots of the lives of people dependent on forests for their survival, and underline how putting local people in the driving seat of the policies that affect them is key to keeping forests standing.


  • In Indonesia, where illegal deforestation was once endemic and where the first ever FLEGT-license was issued in 2016, we discover how indigenous communities are drawing up maps of their ancestral lands to prove what is legitimately theirs, and helping resolve the chaotic mapping system which has helped drive illegal deforestation.


  • In Liberia, we learn of the women who are finally getting their hands on the levers of power in the forest sector – in a nation where a lack of access to education and low literacy levels have long impeded women from making decisions on land and resources.


  • In the Central African Republic we report on civil society's heroic efforts to overcome the legacy of a devastating civil war, and visit a village which is surrounded by natural wealth in the form of thick tropical forest, but whose struggles mirror those of much of the nation.


  • In Honduras, where environmental defenders risk their lives every day, we see a rare example of how diverse interests and entrenched positions can be reconciled in a bitterly divided land.


  • In Ghana, we report on how a new spirit of democracy has been ushered into remote villages as a result of changes in the country’s forest laws.



With the world’s forests disappearing at alarming rates and new threats to them looming, this report is further evidence of the crucial role forest communities can play in protecting them.



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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

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Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

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ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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