IIED's latest forests newsletter is now out

News, 25 August 2017
Our latest forests newsletter reports on a recent learning event in Cameroon, profiles our work in Indonesia and describes new blogs and publications.

The August 2017 edition of IIED's forests newsletter (Image: IIED)

Our forests newsletter provides updates on IIED's work to improve forest livelihoods and to ensure that forests are managed in a fair and sustainable way.

Developing sustainable livelihoods in Congo Basin forests

In this edition we report on an event organised as part of the CoNGOs project (NGOs collaborating for equitable and sustainable community livelihoods in Congo Basin forests). The first CoNGos learning event was held in Kribi, Cameroon, from 18-20 July.

Delegates included consortium members, Forest Connect knowledge network members from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and representatives from the Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Discussions centred on translating community forest rights into enterprise opportunities in Cameroon. 

Working on the multistakeholder forestry programme in Indonesia

The newsletter also reports on efforts to strengthen the technical capacity of community-based forest enterprises in Indonesia. The DFID-funded Multistakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP3) focuses on strengthening governance in Indonesia's forestry sector while alleviating poverty for those who make a living from the forest and its resources.

IIED's inputs include an assessment of value chains on the islands of Java, Sumbawa and Sulawesi, together with recommendations about how best to organise business incubation services for emerging enterprises.

Next China-Africa event

The newsletter also looks forward to the 4th international learning event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Platform. The platform brings together heads of government and forest departments from eight African countries, representatives from the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Global Environmental Institute, IIED, WWF and other international organisations. This year's platform event will be held in Pemba, Mozambique from 23-26 October. 

Blogs and publications

The newsletter highlights recent blogs and publications by the forests team:

Partner profile

Each edition of our newsletter profiles one of the forest team's partners. This edition puts the spotlight on Inades-Formation Cameroon, part of the wider Institut Africain pour le Développement Economique et Social (INADES) network. The network operates in 10 countries and aims to improve the self-reliance of rural populations. 

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