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)
MIAMI, FL.- On January 1st 2008, 2700 North Ocean – the premiere condominium resort in Singer Island, Florida, being built by Catalfumo, will open its doors to reveal an unprecedented and over the top designer showcase extravaganza. The property, which is comprised of two 27-story luxury towers on more than eight acres of unobstructed oceanfront land, will proudly unveil their three, celebrity designed units bearing the names of some of the world’s most eminent and prestigious national publications; Conde Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and Elite Traveler. The sprawling units will feature the design industry’s most sought after furnishings, finishes, and immaculate details. Each unit will bear the both the stamps of their unit’s magazine namesake and the illustrious designer who has designed each unit to resonate their own personal sense of style.This landmark event will celebrate the culmination of a year-long production that employed three of the world’s most renowned interior designers: Charles Allem of CAD International, representing Architectural Digest and one of Architectural Digest’s “AD 100″(a list of the world’s most gifted interior designers) whose work has been featured in publications such as InStyle, Robb Report, The Los Angeles Times, Habitat and Florida Design; Conde Nast Traveler designer Katherine Kesler of Interspace Design Group, who has become the go-to expert for prestigious hotel design around the world including work with the Hilton Corporation, The Biltmore Hotel, Omni, Westin, Double Tree, Radisson, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, and The Luxury Collection, and David Linley of LINLEY Design in London in partnership with Elite Traveler, who has designed for everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Carolina Herrera to creating a limited edition of beautifully crafted trays for the world’s most prestigious champagne brand, KRUG.Catalfumo Construction and Development, celebrating their 30th anniversary next year, embarked on this designer showcase at 2700 North Ocean, and made sure to do so with the best possible people in the industry. Each designer has worked hand in hand with their publication to create a home that not only reflects the style of the magazine’s reader, but that of the 2700 lifestyle as well. Each unit will be open to the public for touring from January to April 2008, and the three designer units will be available for purchase fully furnished with the Cond Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, or Elite Traveler stamp of approval!About 2700 North Ocean 2700 North Ocean brings a new level of luxury living to Singer Island. The towers comprise 242 units ranging in size from 1,700-4,000 square feet and features penthouse and tower suites as large as 7,200 square feet. All units offer spacious terraces that serve as veritable outdoor rooms and platforms on which to treasure the unobstructed views of the Atlantic. While these apartments redefine the idea of condominium living with their sheer size, private elevators, elegantly appointed kitchens, 2700 North Ocean will also provide its owners with a new caliber of indulgent customer service. Residents have full access to amenities such as a theater and fitness center, two beautifully landscaped pool areas overlooking the ocean, and a pool club with professional grill for all to enjoy.