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    Promoting Environmentally Sound Forest Practices Worldwide 2004
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    There has been an increasing interest at the global level for the adoption of reduced impact logging (RIL) as one means for moving towards sustainable forest management. The primary reason for this is that the increased awareness of the negative impacts of ill-planned forestry operations by stakeholders at the national and international levels has put pressure on governments to impose stricter controls on timber harvesting. Furthermore, international markets now require timber products from well -managed forests. In this respect, forest certification is emerging as a major driving force for the adoption of RIL.
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    Illegal logging and associated illegal timber trade have become the focus of much attention, both in the private and public sectors. The wide range of illegal forestry operations is now well documented and the complex socio-economic causes of forest crime have been extensively analysed.
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    Promoting Inclusive, Environmentally Sound and Low-Carbon Development in the Gambia - UNJP/GAM/045/UID 2023
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been supporting the establishment and operationalization of community gardens in the Gambia to help boost production, enhance food security and nutrition and reduce poverty, particularly among women. However, these efforts have faced challenges, including post harvest losses resulting from poor access to markets, lack of processing and/or cold storage facilities, and the perishable nature of horticulture products. In addition, fuelwood is the most accessible form of energy in the country, but its unsustainable use is leading to deforestation, desertification and land degradation. Traditional methods of energy use are inefficient and are putting much pressure on the forest and natural resources. Finally, with regard to fish processing, the quality of products is low owing to a lack of adequate fish processing facilities and techniques with improved hygiene and food safety standards. Such fish smoking techniques also expose processors to health risks from smoke and toxic fumes inhalation. Against this background, the project aimed to promote energy efficient technologies that could be used in the country’s agriculture and natural resources sectors.

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