VPA Gets Another 3-Year Mandate

first_imgMadam Hѐlѐne Cavé, EU Ambassador toLiberia.— EU, Liberia Launch Phase II TomorrowThe lifespan of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has been graciously extended by another three-year period, an FDA release has said.The ceremony marking the official launch of Phase II of the VPA takes place on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Monrovia. It is expected to be graced by an array of government officials and an EU delegation. This Long Term Technical Assistance to Implement the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in Liberia is a project, funded by the EU for the continuation of EU support to the forestry sector to assist the implementation of the VPA/Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT).GoL will be represented by FDA managing director, C. Mike Doryen and the EU by Ambassador Hélène Cavé.The objective of this project is to contribute to the development of Liberia’s forest sector by increasing the value of traded timber products through the strengthening of overall forest governance, sustainable management of forest resources, law enforcement, and rule of law, and equitable sharing of forest benefits, among others.This second phase of EU assistance will emphasize the trade rather than aid aspects of the program. This phase aims at enabling Liberia develop its capacity to issue FLEGT Licenses to help increase international trade with higher paying markets like the EU and others.For this to happen, completing the building of systems and procedures and putting these into operation is needed, so that a Legality Assurance System is fully in place in Liberia. Private operators and community forest owners can then be encouraged to obtain FLEGT Licenses and benefit from added-value exports to premium markets.The FDA is already increasingly taking over responsibilities for managing and financing the VPA implementation.The EU assistance to the VPA process started in 2013 under a first phase of VPA support through a co-financing arrangement between EU and DFID by a total of approximately EUR 20 million, implemented through two main technical assistance projects; one to create a Legality Verification Department (LVD), and the other a VPA Support Unit (VPA/SU). This was complemented by funding of specific additional actions, like support to the civil society, and the independent auditor.A key feature of the EU project is that it will help FDA to provide this coordination in its role as Lead-Agency. This will be achieved through the institutions and processes that were set up for VPA in the first phase; such as the VPA Secretariat, the Liberia Implementation Committee (LIC), National Multi Stakeholder Monitoring Committee (NMSMC) and the guidance provided by the Forward Planner (the VPA road map).The main counterparts to this project are the Government of Liberia institutions administering the forest resources namely the Forest Development Authority (FDA), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MoFDP), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ministry of Labor (MoL). The present project is a second phase of the specific technical assistance, totaling around EUR 3.4 million.Liberia, a country rich in natural resources with over 4 million hectares of forests, has successfully emerged from war into a peaceful democracy. With variable figures during the last decade, the current contribution of the forest sector to the GDP is estimated around 10 to 11% with ambitions from the current administration to increase this contribution to at least 12% in the coming years, hence the importance of emphasizing trade.The export of commercial timber generates about US$8 million of government revenue annually, which is roughly 26% of the total earnings from natural resources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000

first_imgThis post was originally published on February 7, 2017. It has been updated to reflect changes to the market.Cover image via Sony.Looking for more articles on film and video production gear? Check these out.Gear Roundup: Finding the Best SD Cards for Your CameraThe New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF – Large Format, Little CameraHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300Introducing the Yeti Nano from Blue Microphones 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 — $749Panasonic has already moved on to the GH5 ($1497) and GH5S ($2197), which means you can save on the very popular GH4. New GH4 bodies start at $749, and you can find used cameras for around $400-$500.Don’t let the old model number fool you; this is still a great micro 4/3 camera that captures quality 4K footage.Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Specs:16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensorDCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24pUHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24pFull HD up to 60p3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED touchscreen monitor2,359K-Dot OLED live viewfinderSupport for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p4:2:2 8-bit or 10-bit HDMI outputHigh-speed 49-point autofocusMagnesium alloy, weather-sealed body Shopping for a great low-budget video camera for under $1000? Check out the following six noteworthy options — and their predecessors.Top image via Sony.Whether you’re an up-and-coming beginner or a seasoned professional, we all want to get quality footage at a fair price. If you’re on a budget, and you only have $1,000 to spend on a camera, these are the best options for you. From 4K mirrorless to tiny action cameras — here are six of the best filmmaking cameras under $1,000.1. Sony Alpha a6300 —$748Easily one of my favorite older cameras — based on its footage quality, body size, and price. The Sony a6300 captures 4K up to 30fps, and 1080 up to a whopping 120fps. It features one of the great Sony sensors, which means it still works well with minimal light.I’d also suggest checking out the newer Sony a6500, which comes in at $1,198.Sony a6300 Specs:24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processorXGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD monitorInternal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 recordingS-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist functionBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFC4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect pointsUp to 11fps shooting and ISO 51200Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body 2. DJI Osmo Pocket — $349Image via DJI.4K video up to 60fps in a tiny camera, with a built-in stabilizer, the DJI Osmo Pocket is not your traditional video camera. It’s a very small handheld stabilizer with a drone-sized camera. You can also attach your phone to use as a monitor.It’s the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed — much smaller than its predecessor (the DJI Osmo), which used the camera from the DJI Inspire drones.DJI Osmo Pocket Specs:Gimbal camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS sensorCompact 4.1 oz, 4.8″ high designUp to 4K video at 60 fps, up to 100 Mb/s1 microSD slot (holds up to 256GB)Connects to smartphone via Mimo app12MP JPEG or DNG raw still photosIncludes lightning & USB Type-C adaptersOptional Wi-Fi & Bluetooth monitoringPOV, ActiveTrack, & FaceTrack modesStandard time-Lapse & motionlapseNightShot & Panoramic Modes 3. Canon EOS Rebel T7i — $579Image via Canon.A longtime favorite among budget DSLR video shooters, the Canon Rebel series has been used for countless YouTube channels, low-budget/no-budget music videos, wedding films, and more. The latest is the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, which captures 1080 footage up to 60fps.Be sure to shop around for deals, as you can often find Rebel kits on sale. With just a quick search, I found T7i kits from $579 – $799. For additional savings, you can also search for used models — or previous builds like the T6i and T5i. You can find older models around the $300 range. Also, stay tuned for the T8i — later this year or early next year — and expect to see price drops in the not-too-distant future.Canon EOS Rebel T7i Specs: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensorDIGIC 7 image processor3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle touchscreenFull HD 1080p video recording at 60fps45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AFDual Pixel CMOS AFUp to 6fps Shooting and ISO 51200Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, BluetoothHDR movie and time-lapse movieMovie Electronic IS, Feature Assistant 6. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K — $1,295This one comes in just over $1,000, but it is one of the most popular new cameras, so if you can forgive us the extra $295, it’s worth mentioning. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a micro 4/3 sensor that can capture 4K up to 60fps.Check out our review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera.If you need to stay under $1,000, look for the previous Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I found a few new ones for $899, and some used ones for around $500.Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Specs:4/3″-Sized HDR sensorRecord DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60fpsDual native ISO to 25,6005″ touchscreen displayActive micro 4/3 lens mountRecords up to 120fps windowed HDCFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slotsExternal recording via USB Type-C13-stop dynamic range, 3D LUT supportIncludes DaVinci Resolve studio license 4. GoPro Hero 7 Black — $399Image via GoPro.A longtime go-to action camera, the latest GoPro Hero features 4K video up to 60fps, 2.7K up to 120fps, and 1080 up to 240fps.For additional savings, without as many features, you can check out the Hero 7 Silver ($299), Hero 7 White ($199), or earlier models.GoPro Hero 7 Black Specs: 4K60/50, 2.7K120/100, & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDRHyperSmooth video stabilizationDirect live-streaming to Facebook LiveTimeWarp stabilized time-lapse videoWaterproof to 33′ without a housingVertical portrait mode for social mediaIntuitive, smartphone-like touchscreenFace, smile, and scene detection16-command voice controllast_img read more