AGREF founding assembly accomplished
The first important step towards more sustainable forestry in Mozambique has recently been taken. On December the 8th 2010 the founding assembly of AGREF took place with an impressive attendance. This means that AGREF is now an officially founded organization – ready to start the work establishing a National Office for FSC Mozambique and developing a standard for sustainable forestry in Mozambique.

Announcement of founding assembly of AGREF
On Wednesday the 8th of December the founding assembly of The Association for Responsible Forestry in Mozambique (Associação pela Gestão Responsável das Florestas em Moçambique, AGREF) will take place in Maputo, Mozambique.

Participating in the assembly and joining AGREF is your opportunity to get your opinion heard and to influence the terms and conditions for responsible forestry in Mozambique.

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Ethical bank helps FSC business in Mozambique and other developing countries
The leading Danish ethical bank Merkur Cooperative Bank has been financing socially and environmentally sustainable business development in Europe for a long time. One of the banks new initiatives is loan option to companies wanting to develop FSC certified business opportunities in developing countries.

Any company based in one of the countries on the list of the Danish Industrialisation Fund for Developing countries may apply for a loan. This means that companies in Mozambique interesting in doing FSC business and meeting the requirements of Merkur Cooperative Bank can apply for a loan.

Read more about Merkur Bank's development loans here:
Successful first step towards responsible FSC forestry in Mozambique
The first step towards more responsible FSC forestry in Mozambique was taken last week with a conference hosting many relevant stakeholders from the national forestry sector arranged by FSC Denmark and AGREF (Association for Responsible Forestry in Mozambique). The outcome is promising. Over 20 companies and organizations have expressed their interest in joining AGREF and becoming a part of the FSC Mozambique and forestry standard development to be.
FSC Conference Tuesday the 6th of July in Maputo
An extensive consultation process conducted in April and May this year has revealed a great interest in and enthusiasm about the process of establishing a working group for FSC forestry in Mozambique. A conference on FSC Forestry in Mozambique will therefore be held in Maputo at the Pestana Rovuma Hotel and Conference Centre on Tuesday the 6th of July 2010 from 10:00 to 18:00.
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