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Ecuadorian indigenous leader killed days before planned protest at COP20. How many more environmental defenders will die before the world takes notice?

While governments debate the minutiae of curbing emissions at the UN’s annual climate jamboree, people on the frontline of the environmental struggle are getting killed. On 28th November, just days before this year’s climate conference (COP20) was due to start, an indigenous Shuar leader went...
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Summary: Forum on Governance, Legality Verification Systems and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector.

This publication captures the key issues that resulted from the discussions from the conference which engaged 140 regional stakeholders, as well as public and private sector representatives from 10 Latin America countries and from demand side markets such as the EU and the US. The conference aimed...
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Scientists call for an end to industrial use of primary forests

A new science-based coalition – IntAct (International Action for Primary Forests) is calling for an end to the industrial exploitation of earth’s remaining primary forests. The coalition is backed by leading international forest scientists and organisations in the fields of development and human...
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New Global Witness site: Putting people in charge of their forests

Millions of people live in forests and depend on them for everything. Shouldn’t they have a say in how they’re managed? Our new collection of stories from Africa to Latin America shows how putting communities in charge of their forests is having a transformative effect on development and ecosystems...
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Traders review Brazil-Belgium timber trade

Ghent, Belgium, December 2014 —A workshop on the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was held at the end of November, specifically for members of the Belgian Timber Importers Federation (BE TIF). Representatives from TRAFFIC, BE TIF, Belgium’s...
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A new publication about Control and Forest Monitoring

"Process of Control and Forest Monitoring at the Pacific Region and part of the Andes Region of Colombia" is the title of the new publication produced by The Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia, as a result of the systematization of experiences of the second year. With 94 pages, the...
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ETFRN News 55: Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to Improve Forest Governance

Unlocking the potential for synergies between FLEGT and REDD+ An inventory of experiences from around the world The great potential for synergies between FLEGT and REDD+ has yet to be achieved in practice. This is the conclusion of the recently published ETFRN News “Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to...
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Training Plan on Forest Governance in Valle del Cauca

With the support of the Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia PPGFC, was held the closing workshop “Training Plan on Forest Governance for the environmental authority of Valle del Cauca CVC – 2014”. The workshop took place from November 24th to 26th, at the campsite of the University of...
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EU FAO FLEGT Programme calls for concept notes from VPA countries

EU FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in countries engaged in VPAs. Grants of up to €100 000 are channeled through the Programme to support the ongoing VPA process in the targeted country. The selection of...
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Coffee Committee are trained in wood cubing

Technicians of the Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers of Risaralda receive training by the core team of the Project Positioning of the Forest Governance in Colombia, with base in the guide of cubage of wood. The event is scheduled for March 3 from 8:00 am taking as a meeting of the Committee...
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Dialogue with the community is key to Social Participation Strategy

Start the implementation of the Strategy for Social Participation for the Management of the Forest Heritage, the meeting was conducted with the Community Council of Santa Cecilia in the department of Risaralda. In the meeting that took place in Santa Cecilia, on 27 March, with the participation of...
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Producers looking for Voluntary Forest Certification

Some forest producers from the Coffee Triangle described the workshop "Tools for certified producers or those with the purpose of being certified " as productive. The workshop was conducted by the Research Group on Tropical Andean Agroecosystems Management " GATA" (for its initials in Spanish),...
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The Third round of visits of technical support has been performed

The Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia, currently working in the Forest Governance strengthens in three regions of the country, thus improving the level of impact on reducing illegal logging and promoting sustainable forest management, carried out the third round of visits of...
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The PPGFC Developed an Strategy for Monitoring and Control Transformation and / or Marketing centers of Wood, to be Implemented by CARDER

The Strategy for Monitoring and Control Transformation and / or Marketing centers of Wood, developed by PPGFC at the request of CARDER, was presented on September 11th 2014 before the Steering Committee of the Corporation. CARDER will implement a Strategy for Monitoring and Control Transformation...
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Cortolima was trained on Protocols of Control and Forest Monitoring

The Forest Governance Positioning Project continues socializing the Control and Forest Monitoring protocols, the Timber Cubin Guide and the digital applications (EspeciesMaderables and Cubimaderas). In this opportunity, staff from the environmental authority of Tolima, CORTOLIMA, was trained. The...
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Certified Areas of Guadua: more efforts in forest legality

From November 26 th to 27 th, a monitoring of certified areas of Guadua by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) was held. As positive, was rated the surveillance audit process by the auditing firm GFA, that took place at the certified farms: Núcleo Forestal de Guadua la Esmeralda and Yarima Guadua...
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Technical Committee for Legal Timber in Colombia

The meeting of the Technical Evaluation Committee of the Agreement for Legal Timber 2012–2015, was held at the main auditorium of CARDER. This space was promoted by the Technical Secretariat of the Pact. There, the agreements are evaluated and monitored as well as the index of legality. The...
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