24 August 2021 Uganda

Participatory land use planning in Uganda

The Ugandan National Oil Palm Project (NOPP) aims to improve rural development in and around Lake Victoria through oil palm production, and to contribute to poverty reduction. This began in Kalangala district in 2002, and oil palm now dominates much of the landscape on that island. It is now being expanded to Buvuma where land has been acquired for new plantations, and several mainland districts where this process is just beginning.

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17 August 2021 the Netherlands

Opinion: The genie will escape from the bottle if we don’t change our approach to nature

Illusions are no good to future generations. After the latest IPCC report we need a government that does more than promise to achieve the Paris goals.

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20 July 2021 the Netherlands

New methodology proposes mechanisms to support integrated landscape initiatives and make access to finance more inclusive

Integrated landscape initiatives have shown promising potential to mobilize and support diverse stakeholders across sectors to work jointly toward shared objectives. However, few integrated landscape initiatives have had access to the finance needed to achieve their goals. There is a clear mismatch between the supply side of private “impact investors” and the demand side of sustainable land-use investments on the ground.

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14 July 2021 Bolivia

Forests are at the forefront of Bolivia’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution - In conversation with Humberto Gomez Cervero

Crucial to the success of the Paris Agreement are the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in which countries describe their climate goals and the ways they intend to achieve them. Governments revise their NDCs every five years, reflecting the highest possible ambitions.

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12 July 2021 General

Community forestry: Who Benefits?

Community forestry has the potential to contribute to sustainable livelihoods for people living in and near forests. However, it is not uncommon that a large part of the benefits of collectively managed forests end up in the pockets of local elites. Civil society organizations (CSOs) therefore support communities to strengthen their internal governance processes and promote equitable benefit sharing. This raises complex questions, such as: Who decides what is fair? And how do new governance structures relate to customary decision making?

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21 June 2021 General

From stumps and seeds to sustainable Sahelian landscapes, and the need for a ‘version 2.0’ of the Great Green Wall, immediately!

Launched in 2007 by the African Union, the Great Green Wall initiative was to create a new ‘wonder of the world’. This was intended to be a belt of trees 7000 km long and 15 km wide, across eleven Saharan countries from Dakar to Djibouti, visable from space, with a 2030 target of restoring 100 million hectares. It would help to stop desertification, improve the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet, and contribute to Africa’s fight against climate change.

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