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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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Forests

“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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Forests

Peeling Back The Bark: Timber Tracking and Regulations Controlling the Peruvian Forest Supply Chain

By Alfredo Rodriguez Zunino

In the final quarter of 2019, the Peruvian Forest Service (SERFOR) published three new sets of “resoluciones ejecutivas” (executive resolutions) to improve tracking and controls in the forest supply chain. These enforceable directives laid out the documentation required to comply with the Peruvian Forest Law of 2011 and subsequent regulations (largely finalized in 2015). The […]

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Forests

The Japanese Clean Wood Act: Effectively Cleaning Up?

By Mari Momii and Jade Saunders

In May 2016, the Government of Japan introduced the Act on Promotion of Use and Distribution of Legally- Harvested Wood and Wood Products – also known as the Clean Wood Act (CWA). Though it is Japan’s first piece of legislation requiring companies to trade in legal timber, the CWA created no penalties for those found […]

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Agriculture Forests

Child Labor Laws and Policies in Ghana

With Specific Emphasis on the Cocoa Sector

By Taylor Crabbe, Forest Trends, and Fern

This report, by Ghanaian Law Firm Taylor Crabbe, details the legislative and institutional framework for the protection of human and labor rights, and specifically child labor, in Ghana. It concludes that there is an elaborate existing legislative and institutional framework for the protection of labor and human rights in Ghana, including detailed laws and policies […]

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Forests

List of China’s MoUs Related to Forestry

As of March 2020

The following is a list of MoUs that China has established with other countries in the realm of forestry collaboration, as of March 2020. This list is by no means inclusive. The focus of the MoUs can range from illegal logging and associated trade specifically, CITES, or on forest products trade and sustainable forest management[…]

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Water

Metodologías CUBHIC: Restauración y Protección de Humedales

By Michael E. Foster, David Chen, and Mark S. Kieser

Este documento metodológico es parte de una serie de Metodologías CUBHIC, publicadas por Forest Trends en asociación con Kieser & Associates y nuestros socios implementadores del proyecto Infraestructura Natural para la Seguridad Hídrica, CONDESAN, SPDA, EcoDecisión e Imperial College London. Cada metodología permite la estimación de beneficios hídricos de intervenciones en la infraestructura natural al[…]