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26 July 2013 Ghana

Working together for domestic lumber supply

Local demand for legal lumber could soon be met through a joint effort of former rivals in the timber industry. During a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 17, 2013 at the District Assembly Hall in Goaso, two artisanal milling groups in Sankore and Akrodie in the Brong Ahafo Region and the Logs and Lumber Limited (LLL), a saw milling company and forest concession holder in the Ashanti Region signed a partnership agreement to produce legal lumber for the domestic market. Under the agreement, LLL will supply logs to the artisanal milling groups and in return, have the groups protect its forest concessions against illegal chainsaw milling.

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25 July 2013 Ghana

Stakeholders ready to reduce conflicts associated with chainsaw milling in Ghana

Conflicts abound in chainsaw milling operations in Ghana which pose serious setbacks to sustainable forest management efforts in the country. Although the conflicts have received some attention, duty bearers have not sufficiently dealt with them partly due to lack of adequate conflict management skills. To address this deficiency, Tropenbos International organised a training programme on conflict management to provide the requisite skills, attitude and knowledge for properly dealing with chainsaw related conflicts.

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08 July 2013 Ghana

Spotlighting Ghana’s natural resources and environment sector

Ghana’s natural resources and environment sector would soon receive the requisite spotlight following a training programme organised by Tropenbos International Ghana for journalists in environmental reporting in Kumasi. The aim of the training was to improve information gathering and dissemination as well as public awareness of, and interest in, relevant environmental issues that affect quality of life.

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17 June 2013 Ghana

TBI Ghana supports the revision of the Adwenase Forest Management Plan

The Adwenase Forest Management Plan has received a massive facelift following its revision by the kind courtesy of the EU Chainsaw Milling project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners. The plan, first drafted in 1995 by the Resource Management Support Centre (RMSC) of the Forestry Commission and the Assin-Akropong community, was revised to keep step with current forest management practices.

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17 June 2013 Ghana

Chainsaw operators gear up for tree plantation establishment

Converted chainsaw operators are warming up to establish forest plantations as an alternative livelihood to illegal chainsaw milling. This is because in April 2013, the EU Chainsaw Milling project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners provided the requisite starter kits to four chainsaw-dependent communities. The kits comprise seeds of commercial tree species for nursery establishment, protective clothing and requisite implements and materials for plantation development.

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17 June 2013 Ghana

Mills offer hope for legal lumber supply

The communities of Sankore and Brewaniase in Ghana, have received artisanal mills donated by the Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD) of the Forestry Commission under the EU Chainsaw project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners. The mills will be used by the communities to process raw materials acquired from legal sources through a partnership arrangement between chainsaw-dependent communities and forest concession holders.

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