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Rosewood Species Classified as Hongmu under China’s Revised (2017) Standard

The term “rosewood” is used to designate several hundred species of tropical timber, found across West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. 29 species are officially designated as hongmu (红木) under China’s National Hongmu Standard (2017). The Standard can be legally enforced in relation to product marketing claims, and has played a key[…]

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Communities Forests

Two Decades Partnering with Indigenous Communities

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Forests Investments

A Gigaton REDD+ Bid Strategy

Unlocking the potential for REDD+ in supporting the protection of rainforests and other “natural climate solutions” in tropical forest countries

By Rupert Edwards

A massive increase in public and private results-based funding commitments is critical to protect tropical rainforests and other “natural climate solutions” in tropical forest countries, and thus to hopes of holding global warming below 2°C. REDD+ programs, that avoid and reverse the loss of tropical forests, can contribute trillions of dollars in value by “flattening[…]

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Communities Forests

The Living Pharmacy Project

By Cheyenne Coxon and Genevieve Bennett

Forest Trends has been working with Yawanawa and Suruí indigenous communities since 2014 to establish “Living Pharmacies.” By building medicinal plant gardens in their villages, communities can reclaim and maintain a resource critical to their health and cultural identity. Each Living Pharmacy is a place where elders can pass their traditions on to the next[…]

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Communities Forests

COVID-19 Prevention Leaflet (Portuguese)

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Forests

Community Benefits Sharing in the Forestry Sector: Liberia’s Legislative Framework & Track Record on Sharing Land Rental Fees from Commercial Forestry 2007-2019

Liberia’s legislative framework explicitly requires that communities impacted by logging should also share in the benefits of the commercial activity. This briefing summarizes the legal requirements on benefits sharing and then analyzes Liberia’s track record implementing this framework since resumption of logging after the country’s civil war. The forthcoming National Forest Forum and subsequent efforts[…]

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“Conflict Rubber” and Land Rights in Southeastern Myanmar

By Kevin Woods, Naomi Basik Treanor, and Mike Dwyer

In the northern Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) Region of southeastern Myanmar, after decades of war, rubber expansion is aggravating tenure insecurity and ethnic political conflict, ultimately undermining peacebuilding and security. Since the main Mon and Karen (Kayin) rebel groups signed ceasefires with the Myanmar military in 2012, rubber production has expanded southward from its epicenter in Mon[…]

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Forests

Rubber Plantation Value Chains in Laos: Opportunities and Constraints in Policy, Legality and Wood Processing

By Hilary Smith, Juliet Lu, Phuc Xuan To, Soytavanh Mienmany, Khonethong Soukphaxay

Studies on rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR, Laos) have largely focussed on land allocation and relations between the Lao State, investors, and Lao rubber farmers. The history and international context, and some environmental and social impacts have been investigated to a lesser extent, and there are no comprehensive studies[…]

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Investments Water

Infografía – ¿Qué activos estratégicos intervenir con IOARR en Ecosistemas?

Las inversiones en optimización, ampliación marginal, reposición y rehabilitación – IOARR son intervenciones puntuales sobre uno o más activos estratégicos (AE) que integran una Unidad Productora (UP). En el caso de IOARR aplicadas a infraestructura natural, la Unidad Productora es un ECOSISTEMA determinado (como un bofedal o bosque seco) que brinda servicios diversos, como regulación[…]