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Two workshops have been successfully held. More than 20 rubber smallholders from all over Indonesia - Kalimantan, South Sumatra, West Sumatra and Jambi gathered during the workshop in October 7th - 9th. The workshop in Thailand just finished with a fruitful discussion on collaboration opportunities between rubber smallholders and GPSNR.
After the approval of the new Working Groups’ terms of References, the members volunteering for Strategy 1 - Policy Toolbox and Strategy 2 - Capacity Building working Group are now fully on board and are ready had their first call in October to outline the plan of action based on the ToRs, and elect the working groups’ co-chairs. Strategy 3 - Traceability working group’s members are also to kick-off their first calls in November. The Strategy & Objectives working group remains active to review desired state and finalise GPSNR’s Theory of Change.
On September 24-26th, stakeholders from around the world and across the rubber value chain came together in the city of Hat Yai - the rubber hub in South of Thailand – to attend a three-day workshop organized by the Rainforest Alliance, Mighty Earth, Einhorn Products, Earth Net Foundation and supported by the Prince of Songkhla University.
ESSEC Asia Pacific partnered with the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber for their first Global Manager in Asia (GMA) project.
The recruitment of team members for Strategy 1 “Policy Toolbox” and Strategy 3 “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability” has started with the expectation to get all the team members ready by the end of September 2019.