Locally-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)
A new striker is believed to be the priority for Spurs right now.However, with defender and club captain Younes Kaboul rumoured to be heading to Besiktas, is another defender crucial?Hector Moreno has been linked, but his injury plagued year may mean a wait until the summer, so here are five attacking players, who could be on the move in the current transfer window.Click the arrow on the right to see the players. 4. Saido Berahino: West Brom ace to help Kane up front? – Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in taking the West Brom man, but the price being quoted is in the region of £20m-£25m. New Baggies manager Tony Pulis is said to be eager to rebuild his squad, though, and as a result Spurs wingers Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon are being discussed as players to move in the opposite direction. 5. Adrien Rabiot: PSG to loan midfield engine? Click the arrow to see other potential arrivals – There has been a lot of speculation about who Tottenham will sell in the current transfer window Kyle Naughton, Paulinho and Aaron Lennon have all been mentioned but who are they making way for? PSG midfielder Rabiot has been more of a spectator this season and a host of clubs including Tottenham are keen to take the 19-year-old on loan. Manager Laurent Blanc is not keen on the idea, claiming he wants to see him progress in Paris, but a stint of regular action away could aid his development. 5 5 1. Paul-Georges Ntep: Ligue 1 wide man to ease burden up top? – From his role in a wide forward position this term, Ntep has scored six times for Rennes in Ligue 1. The 22-year-old could be the man to partner Kane up front and help the England U21 striker out with goals along with Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen. 5 5 5 3. Ezequiel Ponce: Teenage Argentine striker to choose England over Italy? – Roma are the other interested club in Newells Old Boys ace, Ponce. Club president Guillermo Lorente said both sides had presented good offers and a decision will be made along with the players family. However, he did add: Perhaps Romas proposal is more interesting because it would allow the player to stay with us for the whole year. 2. Emmanuel Emenike: Agent keen on moving the Fenerbahce striker on – Erdem Konyar, his agent, says Spurs are interested in the forward, who has scored twice in 13 games in Turkey. Tottenham have really only one striker right now so it is not a surprise that they are interested,” Konyar said. The 27-year-old played four times for Nigeria at the World Cup and has a £15.7m buy-out clause.
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