VOSIEDA Addresses Issues of Capacity-building in Forest Sector

first_imgLocally-based Volunteer to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA) with funding from Tropenbos International under the Green Livelihood Alliance (GLA) of Liberia yesterday commenced a two-day workshop on advocacy and effective engagement in the forest sector in Monrovia.The workshop, which began yesterday, brought together 22 participants from the non-governmental organization coalition, Community Forest Development Council, and representatives of youth and women’s groups to discuss effective advocacy and communications within the forest sector.The forum, held under the theme: “Advocacy and Engagement Training for Effective Forest Governance,” ends today.VOSIEDA was represented by Richard Hoff, the entity’s capacity-building expert.According to Hoff, VOSIEDA – under the implementation of the GLA project, is providing capacity building to members of the NGO coalition to intensify their promotion and monitoring capacity among stakeholders. One such activity is to conduct capacity training for VOSIEDA and other non-state actors in effective forest monitoring.Hoff described the training as a cardinal intervention for building interaction among coalition members to review action plans and data collection and validation and promotional strategies.The entity believes that strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities to monitor and advocate for changes in land use, tenure and livelihoods would empower them to secure land tenure and access rights, and be included in decision-making on land use.This, according to Hoff, would also support adoption of nature-based approaches to the management of resources in the Sinoe, Gbarpolu and Lofa landscapes, respectively.VOSIEDA will also strengthen its engagement with the CSOs in the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) and REDD+ processes that will contribute to the achievement of the core conditions identified by GLA as crucial for sustainable and inclusive governance of forested landscapes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

22yearold International Festival welcomes Belgium and Germany

first_img Related Items:#EuropeanVillage, #magneticmedianews, #WineandFoodFestival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – It’s been 22 years now for the International Culture Wine & Food Festival and the organizers are announcing that the event, chiefly sponsored by JetBlue is set for October 14 and 15 at the Botanical Gardens and will feature music by Visage.    There will be the traditional showcases including The Bahamian Village, the Caribbean Village including newcomers Bermuda and with regional nations like Jamaica and Cuba having their own villages.The #EuropeanVillage will feature popular Greece, but new is Belgium and Germany.    All three nations of North America will be present, USA, Canada and Mexico and from South America, Belize will make a debut with an amazing display touted for China and sponsored by the Chinese Embassy; even Australia will have a spot at the two day event in Nassau.The concert featuring Visage will happen on Saturday, the festival continues to be a cashless event thanks to special festival dollars provided by Bank of the Bahamas.   It is said the festival attracts some 30,000 people.#MagneticMediaNews#WineandFoodFestivallast_img read more

Decomposed body found in Comilla

first_imgPolice recovered the decomposed body of a young man from Gopalnagar village in Debidwar upazila on Saturday afternoon.The deceased was identified as Suman Miah, 40, son of Sayed Ali, a resident of Baira village in Muradnagar upazila.Local people spotted the body floating in a canal in the afternoon and informed police, said sub-inspector M Ataur Rahman of Debidwar police station.Later, family members identified the body, the SI said.M Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Debidwar police station, said the reason behind the death of Suman is yet to be known.last_img read more