Updates

  • 01 August 2011

    The Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) consortium in Nepal has formed an eight-member steering committee to implement the project's second phase. The steering committee decided that between June and August 2011 four major dialogues (Ban Chautari) would be conducted in Kathmandu on contemporary forest issues. The steering committee also endorsed a three-month work plan for the project, prepared by the GFP consortium members.

  • 26 July 2011

    Two years ago, while the world was busy preparing for the Copenhagen climate change summit (COP15), the government of Nepal held a cabinet meeting 5,400 metres above sea level at Kalapatthar — the base camp of Mount Everest. Two years on, the cabinet meeting is only a distant memory for many, but one of the decisions announced at the top is now the cause of much controversy in the country.

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  • 20 July 2011

    The communities living near Lachuá Lagoon — near Cobán in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz department — were drowning in poverty until the people decided to go on with their lives, after more than three decades of civil war. “Friendly countries like the Netherlands and organisations like IUCN came to us in the early 90s to promote sustainable methods to produce beans and corn” says Erick Aj, an agronomist who was born in one of the 53 communities that make up Fundación Laguna Lachuá (the Lachuá Lagoon Foundation; Fundalachuá).

  • 20 July 2011

    Apsara Chapagain is the first woman chairperson of the Federation of Community Forestry Users (FECOFUN) — the first community federation registered in Nepal. She has been struggling to establish the rights of communities over forest resources, as well as ensuring equal representation of women at each level of the Federation—central, district and village — not only in numbers but also in responsibility.

  • 13 July 2011

    On 2 June members of the GFP consortium in Nepal met at the offices of the Nepal Foresters' Association in Kathmandu to plan the Van Chautari meetings for the coming year, to establish a steering committee, and to discuss GFP plans for 2011.

  • 11 July 2011

    On 4 July 2011 the National Alliance of Community Forestry Organizations (the 'Alianza') published a public statement in Prensa Libre - a national newspaper - calling on the Guatemalan authorities to honour their financial commitments to the National Institute of Forests (INAB) and two important forest financing mechanisms: PINFOR and PINPEP.

  • 11 July 2011

    On 1 June 2011, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA), the National Institute of Forests (INAB), and the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP), signed a four-year agreement of cooperation with regards to the conservation and sustainable management of the country's natural resources.

  • 11 July 2011

    The 2011 Mozambique in-country work plan for Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) is now available.

  • 23 June 2011

    Findings from the dialogues on REDD, FPIC and ILCFFSC GA - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Day: 27 June 2011
    Time: 08:00-10:00
    Location: Function Room 8

  • 23 June 2011

    On 28-30 April 2011 the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Directorate for Land and Forests held a three-day conference in Maputo to address the issue of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) as a way to improve the lives of rural populations and promote sustainable community development.