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02 June 2020 General

The effects of COVID-19 measures on rural communities

The COVID-19 crisis can affect communities in tropical forested landscapes in different ways. When measures to prevent the spread of the disease are restricting the movement of freight and people, farmers may no longer be able to buy and sell products at the market. It has also been suggested that the crisis can increase illegal extraction of natural resources, for example when companies try to take advantage of reduced monitoring and law enforcement.

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02 June 2020 General

COVID-19 has Indigenous communities in Colombia and Bolivia relying on their own food production

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many indigenous peoples in Latin America have locked down their territories. This should help prevent the spread of the disease to these extra vulnerable communities. But, how do such measures impact the people in these areas, their access to food, and the way natural resources are being used?

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02 June 2020 Philippines

Rural livelihoods in times of crisis: Filipino NGOs learn from COVID-19

Through selling forest honey and community-based ecotourism businesses, people in forested areas of the Philippines can make a sustainable living. The current COVID crisis, however, shows that it is never wise to put all your eggs in one basket. Livelihood diversification is key.

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28 May 2020 the Netherlands

Contribution of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry to sustainable Food Security and Nutrition in a time of crisis

The Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research Program (FTA) of the CGIAR with its partners invites you to our session at the upcoming GLF Bonn Digital Event - Wednesday June 3 2020 |14h00 - 17h15 |

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06 May 2020 DR Congo

A bumpy road — forest concessions of local communities in DR Congo - In conversation with Alphonse Maindo

Earlier this year, three communities in the Tshopo province of DR Congo received forest concession titles. The government and NGOs believe that these will help decrease deforestation and poverty, but researchers have casted doubts whether these expectations are realistic. Alphonse Maindo, Director of Tropenbos DRC, is cautiously optimistic.

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24 April 2020 the Netherlands

Exploring the links between COVID-19 and land-use change

At first sight, the COVID-19 crisis seems to have little to do with the way people manage their agricultural lands and forest resources. But the opposite may be true.

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