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Logging in Amazon forests with forest certification

Strengthening Voices for Better Choices: Working toward better forest governance

Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) project coordination team members from around the world met in Brazil this September to strategize how to institute improved forest governance in the Global South. …  

07 Oct 2007 | News story

Women carrying wood

IUCN supports the G8’s efforts to keep illegal logging on the world’s agenda

It has been 10 years since the G8 first identified illegal logging as an issue of concern. Since then, international momentum on illegal logging and trade has shifted from the G8 to sub-regional and regional Forest Law Enforcement and Governance ministerial conference processes and to national and bilateral level action at both the producer and consumer country level. …  

12 Jun 2007 | News story

The Role of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Conservation

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 11 June 2007 - Today an international conference on “The Role of Non-Timber Products (NTFPs) in Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Conservation” is being held in Hanoi. It is jointly hosted by the NTFP Sub-Sector Support Project, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), The German Technical Cooperation (gtz), CARE International, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) and The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). …  

11 Jun 2007 | News story

A farmer drying Allanblackia seeds on the steps of his house

Beyond palm oil? Allanblackia oil supports local livelihoods and conservation in Ghana.

The oil obtained from the seeds of the Allanblackia tree has been used by local communities for some time however, the extracted seed-oil has never been used on a commercial scale. IUCN is collaborating with its members and partners on an initiative in Ghana which will feed into the best-practice guidelines for the wild picking of Allanblackia. …  

04 Oct 2006 | News story

Small scale sawmill operation in Ghana.

How forests can generate wealth in West Africa: Towards a West African Forest Framework

The tremendous wealth of West African forests can only reduce poverty with better knowledge of the economic value of forest products and an improved set of policies. That is the conclusion of a high-level meeting organized by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) on 3-4 July 2006 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. …  

18 Jul 2006 | News story

Logging truck, Liberia

World Conservation Union launches new project to prevent illegal forest activities in Ghana

To contribute to the prevention of illegal activities in the forest sector, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) launches new ‘Strengthening Voices for Better Voices’ Project in Ghana. …  

13 Jun 2006 | Project description

Tree, Cameroon

Liberia Timber Sanctions: To Lift or Not to Lift? That is the Question

The UN imposed timber sanctions on Liberia in 2003 because ‘blood timber’ was funding civil war. Lifting sanctions will be considered by the UN next week - a critical time in terms of ongoing forest sector reforms and advances made by the Liberian Government under President Sirleaf. But have the conditions for the lifting of sanctions been met? …  

02 Jun 2006 | News story

IUCN, Philippines FLR National workshop.

Philippines hosts the first national FLR workshop in Asia

Nearly 60 percent of Philippine’s official forest land lacks any forest cover today, and only 15 percent of the remainder is covered by closed forests. To help address this problem, a national training workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration, co-organized by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) was held recently. …  

26 May 2006 | Event

View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests