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"We encourage forest operators to change their practices"

Creeper tree Africa
AFD has established a responsible forest management model, as part of its efforts to make forests more sustainable. How effective is it? Patricia Aubras, AFD’s Regional Director for Central Africa explains its utility in the Congo Basin, for the forests there and the people who depend on them.
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In the Struggle to Make Forests Sustainable, how Effective are Verification Systems?

Forest wood certification
Whether it’s durable walnut to make a table, or rich and robust oak for the beams of a home, good quality wood can fetch a high price. But thriving markets have contributed to high levels of deforestation. Certification systems seek to verify the origins of wood and make forests more sustainable. How effective have they been? We look back at the origins and impact of some of the world's major certification systems.
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Mobilizing Local Populations in Forest Management 

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Achieving sustainable forest management often requires participation by local and indigenous peoples of the forest area, but there are many obstacles to achieving this. That’s why Agence Française de Développement provides support for programs that encourage participation – to improve forest protection.
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6 Good Reasons to Preserve Forests  

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They contribute to biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change and pollution – just a few of the many boons bestowed by forests worldwide. Here we review the six main reasons why we should protect them.
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[Feature Report] Forests: As Vital as they are Vulnerable

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Whether as vast sources of biodiversity, carbon sinks, or as food sources, forests are vital for life on Earth. But they’re under constant threat by human activities and climate change. In this feature report, we’ll see what’s happening under the forest canopy, to better understand the issues linked to forest conservation – as well as the solutions at hand.
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AFD News

A Bold New Ambition for France’s International Development Policy

National Assembly voting on the Development bill
France’s National Assembly passed new legislation for international development on Tuesday, preparing the way for a rise in overseas assistance to .55% of GDP by next year. Faced with the continuing consequences of the global crisis affecting health sectors, economies and societies worldwide, France has adopted a series of measures that will serve to combat global inequalities and protect global public goods.
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On the Ground

AFD-GDN Biodiversity and Development Award: The Winners and their Projects

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Launched by the Global Development Network (GDN) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the AFD-GDN Biodiversity and Development Award provides support for researchers in their projects to preserve biodiversity. Spotlight on the winners of the 2021 edition in five countries: Ghana, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Fiji.
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AFD News

COMBO+: Stopping Net Biodiversity Loss in Six Countries in Africa and Asia

COMBO+:  Stopping Net Biodiversity Loss in Six Countries in Africa And Asia
AFD and the The French Facility for Global Environment are supporting a new program launched by NGO the Wildlife Conservation Society and aiming to strike a better balance between economic development and the preservation of biodiversity. The signing of a partnership agreement between AFD and WCS last month extended their collaboration to cover a dozen topics of mutual interest.
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