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A farmer drying Allanblackia seeds on the steps of his house

Beyond palm oil? Allanblackia oil supports local livelihoods and conservation in Ghana.

The oil obtained from the seeds of the Allanblackia tree has been used by local communities for some time however, the extracted seed-oil has never been used on a commercial scale. IUCN is collaborating with its members and partners on an initiative in Ghana which will feed into the best-practice guidelines for the wild picking of Allanblackia. …  

04 Oct 2006 | News story

Small scale sawmill operation in Ghana.

How forests can generate wealth in West Africa: Towards a West African Forest Framework

The tremendous wealth of West African forests can only reduce poverty with better knowledge of the economic value of forest products and an improved set of policies. That is the conclusion of a high-level meeting organized by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) on 3-4 July 2006 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. …  

18 Jul 2006 | News story

Logging truck, Liberia

World Conservation Union launches new project to prevent illegal forest activities in Ghana

To contribute to the prevention of illegal activities in the forest sector, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) launches new ‘Strengthening Voices for Better Voices’ Project in Ghana. …  

13 Jun 2006 | Project description

Tree, Cameroon

Liberia Timber Sanctions: To Lift or Not to Lift? That is the Question

The UN imposed timber sanctions on Liberia in 2003 because ‘blood timber’ was funding civil war. Lifting sanctions will be considered by the UN next week - a critical time in terms of ongoing forest sector reforms and advances made by the Liberian Government under President Sirleaf. But have the conditions for the lifting of sanctions been met? …  

02 Jun 2006 | News story

IUCN, Philippines FLR National workshop.

Philippines hosts the first national FLR workshop in Asia

Nearly 60 percent of Philippine’s official forest land lacks any forest cover today, and only 15 percent of the remainder is covered by closed forests. To help address this problem, a national training workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration, co-organized by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) was held recently. …  

26 May 2006 | Event

Map of landscape options, Liberia

Forest Landscape Restoration Gives Liberia Unique Opportunity to Rehabilitate Refugee Camps

The recently held UNEP-sponsored workshop on Population Displacement and the Environment on the impact of population displacement on environment in Liberia comes at a timely moment for this war-torn country. …  

09 May 2006 | Event

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Efforts to Strengthen Local Rights to Own and Use Forests and Fight Rural Poverty

Stating that the ambitious global effort to radically reduce poverty will fail unless it focuses on the 1.6 billion people who rely on forests for their livelihoods, a coalition of organizations has launched an international initiative advocating for stronger community rights to own and use forests and develop sustainable forest-based economies. The group, including IUCN, aims to assist communities and governments to double the global forest area under community ownership and management by 2015. …  

04 May 2006 | International news release

Silas Siakor accepting the Goldman Prize in San Francisco.

Goldman Environmental Prize goes to SDI Liberia

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) extends its warmest congratulations to Silas Siakor of Liberia, a winner of this year’s Goldman environmental Prize, awarded in San Francisco California last week. SDI and Mr Siakor have been valuable partners of IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme, working on critical issues related to forest concession review and reform, as well as initial efforts to introduce the African Forest Law Enforcement and Governance process in Liberia. …  

03 May 2006 | International news release

IUCN's field-testing team on biodiversity

How do tropical production forests contribute to biodiversity conservation?

IUCN begins field testing of revised ITTO guidelines for biodiversity conservation in tropical production forests in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia and Guyana. …  

01 May 2006 | Project description

View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests