Network on tropical forests and trees
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CTA. 1998. Network on tropical forests and trees. Spore 75. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48112
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The Tropical Trees Network, launched in 1987, now unites 4,000 members involved in defending and promoting trees and forests in tropical Africa. To mark its first ten years of existence, the network invited several organisations to participate in a...
The Tropical Trees Network, launched in 1987, now unites 4,000 members involved in defending and promoting trees and forests in tropical Africa. To mark its first ten years of existence, the network invited several organisations to participate in a review of its work, to suggest future directions and to promote the financial and organisational autonomy of national networks. As part of this, CIRAD, CTA, FAO, the Niger Office for Forests, and the European Union linked up with SILVA to conduct a workshop in November 1997 in Torodi, Niger. Two network representatives from each of 14 countries of West and Central Africa attended the workshop. In each instance, one delegate came from the national forestry body and the other from a civil society organisation. The seminar, largely organised into working groups, was made up of national presentations and field visits (to examine Niger's innovative natural resource management), and was an opportunity to understand the different situations in the various countries regarding environment and forest management. Much of the working groups' attention was devoted to the network's future, in particular on these priority topics: member participation, finance and structure, and communication. A 'membership charter' was drafted as a result, and approved by all participants. The main recommendations dealt with making the network better known, encouraging regular meetings of members, and improving information exchange by all available communication means. Participants also recommended that a preference be given to the use of existing bodies, whether public or private, as the secretariat and network point of contact. Tropical Trees Network c/o SILVA 21 Rue Paul-Bert 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne France. Fax: +33 1 48 76 3193 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore75