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NB!. Although the CSAP project received generous contributions from some of our existing supporters, we still need help to cover a shortfall of approximately 5 000 Euro.
An appeal for assistance
In the context of the civil society alternative programme (CSAP) taking place in Durban from 6-11 September 2015, we are seeking your material and moral support. If your organisation is able to contribute funding towards the costs of hosting and organising this project, or perhaps to sponsor a particular event or component of the programme, we will be pleased to provide detailed budgets, as well as specific work plans on request.
Any written endorsements of our project would also be appreciated.
By supporting our efforts to ensure that the Civil Society Alternative Programme of Events and Activities to take place in parallel with the industry-skewed World Forestry Congress, will be successfully implemented, you will help to give a voice to countless communities around the world whose lives, lands and livelihoods have been negatively affected by industrial timber production and processing.
But more importantly, it will allow those affected to share their experiences widely and thus motivate many others to defend their sources of sustainable livelihoods - their forests and grasslands – from invasion by land-grabbing timber corporations and mercenary loggers.
See TW funding appeal letter HERE
See WRM commendation letter HERE
See WFC Background information HERE
See Proposed activities and events HERE
More about Timberwatch
Timberwatch functions primarily as a network of NGOs and individuals. Most of the individuals that participate in this network are either employed by, or volunteers involved with, the different NGO coalition partners, or individual 'supporters', that subscribe to the aims and objectives of Timberwatch. In brief, these aims and objectives are as follows:
1. To provide a credible body of informed opinion relating to timber plantations and their impacts.
2. To ensure that where no alternative land-use is possible that plantations are correctly situated.
3. To participate in and to monitor research relevant to the subject of timber plantation impacts.
4. To lobby for balanced strategic land-use plans, that prioritise conservation and food security.
5. To ensure that the highest possible standards in plantation practice are employed and maintained.
6. To demand the eradication of invasive alien plants that spread from timber plantation areas.
7. To ensure proper protection of grasslands, wetlands, and forests in timber plantation areas.
8. To be represented on state bodies responsible for approving water use licences for new plantations.
9. To monitor and to raise awareness of the location, extent and impacts of illegal timber plantations.
10. To document and raise awareness of the impacts of industrial timber processing activities.
Achieving these goals requires resources far beyond what can reasonably be expected to be made freely available from both individual volunteers or the NGOs that endorse the work of Timberwatch. Therefore to ensure that our efforts are effective and sustained, it is necessary to raise funds to cover expenses that are incurred in the execution of such activities. These expenses can include the following:
Should you wish to work for Timberwatch as a volunteer, please e-mail your full details including areas of expertise to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you would prefer to make a financial contribution towards our operating costs, please click on this link to go to our donations page