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Local communities and customary landholders, important allies in monitoring Indonesia’s forests

01 July 2022
Independent forest monitoring (IFM) is widely recognized as an important way to increase the transparency of the timber sector in tropical timber-producing countries. Local communities and customary landholders trained to undertake monitoring missions are well placed to act as monitors [...]

Latin America leads the way in developing innovative timber traceability systems

24 June 2022
20 June 2022, Rome – Governments seeking to develop national timber traceability systems to comply with tightening international standards can look for inspiration to Latin America, a joint report by the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme [...]

Filipino timber producers gain new skills to enhance legal timber production and livelihood generation

23 May 2022
With abundant forest resources, Caraga is the foremost timber-producing region in the Philippines; however, it remains the country’s second poorest, owing to low local processing capacity and intricate legality requirements, limiting economic benefits and opportunities for timber producers. The resulting [...]

Boosting legal timber supply in Cameroon

19 May 2022
Around three-quarters of timber sold on Cameroon’s domestic market is of informal origin. This is one of the challenges faced by domestic markets in tropical timber producing countries, which are overwhelmingly supplied by small, often informal or illegal, operators. These operators [...]

Household timber producers supported through the iTwood traceability system

11 April 2022
Household plantations in Viet Nam manage approximately 3.69 million hectares of plantation forests. Plantations are a central part of an extensive reforestation programme in which Viet Nam has embarked on, committed to planting 1 billion trees nationwide by 2025. Plantations [...]

Luthiers for the conservation of national forests: producing guitars with legally sourced timber

07 March 2022
Over 100 000 guitars are produced every year in Santander, Colombia, representing over 70 percent of the country’s total annual guitar production. The production of musical instruments contributes to both the national economy and the preservation of cultural heritage through [...]

Broadening participation in law reform to protect our forests

17 January 2022
Strong laws help protect our forests. For these laws to be effective, it is important that those that are most likely to be impacted by them play a part in their creation. This requires offering a voice to the full range [...]

Honduras-EU voluntary partnership agreement ratified today

17 December 2021
Tegucigalpa, 17 December 2021 Honduras is the first Latin American country to ratify a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in Timber Products with the European Union. The country has made significant commitments to sustainable [...]

Ten lessons learned on Independent Forest Monitoring from the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme

13 December 2021
Forests cover just over 30 percent of the global land area, yet they provide habitat for the vast majority of known terrestrial plant and animal species. Unfortunately, forests, and the biodiversity they contain, continue to be threatened by illegal logging [...]

Women in the forefront of sustainable forest management: case studies from Honduras, Viet Nam and Côte d’Ivoire

13 December 2021
More than 25 percent of the global population, including one billion women, depend on forest resources for their livelihoods (FAO 2018). Despite the paucity of sex-disaggregated data, it is increasingly evident that women’s forest-related work often surpasses that of men, [...]
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