IIED's latest forestry newsletter was issued to coincide with International Forests Day, a global celebration of forests designed to raise awareness of the importance of forests and the ways they sustain and protect the planet.
The newsletter opens with a report about a letter from a network of NGOs to the UK government, signed by IIED director Andrew Norton, calling for ongoing commitment to forests. The letter and an accompanying briefing document (PDF) were issued by a new network campaigning for forestry issues, the NGO Forest Coalition.
Our latest newsletter also highlights a new in-depth web report about China's investment in African Forests. The website longread, entitled 'Mist clears on China in African forests', looks in detail at Chinese investments in Africa, and describes the work being done to ensure that local communities benefit. IIED has been working to facilitate dialogue between key players in Africa and China as part of the China-Africa Forest Governance project.
IIED is currently recruiting a new senior researcher to work with IIED's forest and economics teams. The role involves strengthening IIED's natural resources and economics work and developing effective engagement with relevant finance institutions and the private sector. The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, 30 March.
Managing Mozambique's forest ecosystems
The newsletter also reports on a research programme entitled 'Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services (ACES)'. This joint three-year project examined how the wellbeing and livelihoods of rural people in Mozambique are being affected by the loss of woodlands.
The project was designed to meet the demand from policy makers and practitioners for ways to better manage Mozambique's forest ecosystems. Researchers looked at charcoal production, the drivers of change in forest land use and commercial agriculture, with particular a focus on soy production.
The ACES project has produced a series of policy briefings, including a report showing that small-scale soya farming can outperform large-scale agricultural investments. The briefing paper suggests that the Mozambican government should examine ways to improve conditions for small- and medium-scale farmers so as to achieve more inclusive rural development.
Our newsletter also describes other briefings which you can download:
- Unlocking barriers to financing sustainable SMEs: uphill struggle or attainable ambition?
- Mozambique's REDD+: the challenge is scaling success
- Managing trade-offs between growing food and conserving forests in sub-Saharan Africa
The newsletter reports on a 2016 Forest Connect workshop in Quito, Ecuador. Forest Connect is an open alliance linking supporters of locally controlled forest and farm businesses around the world. The alliance, which is co-managed by IIED, has more than 1,000 members from 94 countries. The Quito workshop brought together people from 17 countries and focused on risk management for locally controlled forestry businesses.
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