Financial Pledges for REDD+ Slow to be Disbursed, Finds Report

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The REDD+ eXpenditures Tracking Initiative (REDDX) initiative, led by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil,

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Biodiversity Protection is Key to REDD+ Success: Study

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say. A recent publication on Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation suggests that biodiversity loss –especially through hunting – will hinder the success of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects. As an initiative to combat climate change by storing

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Panama Breaking New Ground on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Sep 21st, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Environmental sustainability is gaining traction on Panama’s political agenda. The announcement of the upgrade of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) to ministerial status is being followed by a public debate on how to better integrate environmental considerations into public policies. With presence in Panama since 2007, UNEP, as the leading global environmental authority,

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REDD+ Needs to Protect Forests and Boost Rural Development

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

Under the UN climate treaty REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by protecting forests in developing countries and providing finance to make it possible. Tropical deforestation and degradation is estimated to be responsible for roughly 15% of global emissions. Making REDD+ work on the ground is challenging. Careful

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REDD+ Progress is Possible — Just Look at Indonesia

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge. REDD+ transactions agree ways for governments, communities and private entities to reward each other for storing carbon in tropical forests and

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New Collaboration Launched to Restore the World’s Forests

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Efforts to combat climate change and improve livelihoods by restoring forest lands continue to build momentum. A new collaboration is being launched between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to restore at least 150 million hectares of forest landscapes by 2020, leading up to

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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

What do rigged corporate trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Treaty, an international climate agreement to be signed in 2015, have in common? They are both tools being pushed by the power elite to rip away our hopes for democracy and to commodify all things to monetize them for profit. It is

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Building REDD+ Expertise to Address Climate Change Challenges

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: While significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation

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Private Sector and Civil Society Declaration on Tackling Deforestation and Forest Degradation & Sustainable Management of Forests

Jul 26th, 2014 | By

Tackling deforestation must be a key component of an effective and comprehensive global agreement if dangerous climate change is to be avoided and global warming kept below 2 degrees Celsius. Supporting the sustainable use of forests is also a key component of securing livelihoods and value chains for communities and corporations worldwide, and is vital for

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World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 500 million acres of land in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean was acquired or negotiated under deals brokered on behalf of foreign governments or transnational corporations. Many such deals are geared toward growing crops or biofuels for export to richer, developed countries – with the consequence that

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No REDD+ Program Is an Island: Integrating Gender Into Forest Conservation Efforts

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment. Last month, the International Union

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Optimism After Bonn Climate Talks

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

The UN climate change talks held from June 4-15 in Bonn, Germany, was an instrumental opportunity in laying the building blocks of the legally-binding 2015 climate change agreement. There was a sense of positivity as countries moved to advance the negotiations towards drafting a text for Paris, where the deal is expected to be finalized.

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U.S. Govt Puts Financial Muscle Behind REDD+ Forest Carbon Conservation Projects

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

The U.S. government will put financial support behind an initiative that offers finance for emissions-reducing forest conservation projects. In an announcement made during the Carbon Expo conference in Cologne, Germany, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will lend up to $133.8 million to the Althelia Climate Fund for

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India to Have Roadmap for Cutting Carbon Emissions

May 3rd, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India has unveiled a draft national policy to provide a roadmap for building comprehensive strategies for cutting carbon emissions from deforestation. Officials said the national policy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) along with the strategies will lead to REDD+ readiness in the country and enable India to

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REDD+ Proposals From DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal Approved by Carbon Fund

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Participants from 11 public and private funds will support Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) in the selected countries. The DRC is aiming to tackle deforestation in its capital, Kinshasa (pictured right), where the forest has come under increasing pressure from demand for charcoal, timber and food from a growing population. The DRC proposed a model

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REDD+ Promises to be A Risky Business for Forests and People

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: The recently released IPCC report only serves to remind us that our duty to humankind demands a greater sense of urgency. But any policy response can bring risks to people or the environment, and the costs of dealing with the consequences can be far greater than avoiding them. Forest nations should take note as they prepare

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UN: We Can Save World’s Forests at a Fraction of Cost of Fossil Fuels Subsidies

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. The report,

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Ban Hails Impact of UN Climate Change Treaty, Urges Renewed Commitment to Ideals

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Over the past 20 years, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has galvanized the world to seek multilateral solutions to the grave threat of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders to use the occasion of its twentieth anniversary to “rediscover the commitment that brought the Convention to life.” Hailing the twentieth anniversary

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Conference Helps Strengthen REDD+ Safeguards

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

With a conference on “Operationalizing REDD+ Safeguards in Southeast Asia and the Pacific,” held recently in Subic Bay Freeport, stakeholders from the Philippines and countries of the Asia-Pacific region made an important step toward safeguarding forests and the rights of indigenous communities and peoples. The conference was organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

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West Sumatra Joins Indonesia’s REDD+ Program

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

West Sumatra has officially joined Indonesia’s effort to cut forest loss as a pilot province under the country’s REDD+ program. The agreement, announced today, means that regencies, towns, and villages are now placed to receive funding to support REDD+ projects and initiatives. “West Sumatra have shown the same vision and commitment to reducing deforestation,” said

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Stimulating Interim Demand for Emission Reductions From Forests and Land Use

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

A new report titled ‘Stimulating interim demand for REDD+ emission reductions: the need for a strategic intervention’ from the Interim Forest Finance project – a collaboration of the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and UNEP Finance Initiative  – has been launched and calls for a US$12bn boost for

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Grow Money With Living Trees

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Huffington Post: Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the

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Time to ‘Connect The Dots’ Among Gender, Forests, REDD+, Experts Say

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Improving technology, generating political will, crafting gender sensitive policies and promoting strong women’s networks could help

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Funding Boost for Forests and Climate Protection

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

In a boost for global efforts to combat climate change and tropical deforestation, Norway has pledged $100 million to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank administered facility that was set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving their forests. The FCPF consists of two funds:

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When Is a Forest No Longer a Forest?

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

Center For International Forestry Research: As countries ponder incentives to slow the degradation of their tropical forests, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is a degraded forest? Programs that provide such incentives, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a U.N.-backed initiative, face the challenge of accurate measurements of deforestation and degradation. New

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World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Less than a month after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved the seven decisions that comprise the “REDD Rulebook”, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) today signed off on a new Methodological Framework for its Carbon Fund. Finalized during a meeting of Carbon Fund Participants in Paris, the new

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Help The People, Save The Trees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

IRIN News: Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP”. The decisions were mostly on how

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‘Landscapes Approach’ Dovetails With REDD+, Scientist Says

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

A proposal to alleviate deforestation could benefit greatly from a cross-sectoral, holistic approach to land management, according to a top forest carbon expert. The broader thinking of a “landscapes approach” is useful for planning and land-use assessments, which can integrate multiple land-use options and generate helpful scenarios key to devising strategies for maintaining forests’ carbon and forests’

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‘Signature’ Achievement on Forests at UN Climate Talks

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

BBC News: A package of measures has been agreed here that will give “results-based” payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing. One observer told the BBC that this was the “signature achievement” of these talks. Deforestation accounts for about 20% of global emissions of carbon dioxide. Earlier this week the UK, US,

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Warsaw Climate Conference Ends by Giving India and China Another Break

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Two of the fastest growing economies in the world — China and India — got a “Get out of Carbon Jail Free Card” from the 200 countries taking part in the climate conference in Warsaw. The two countries received vastly reduced goals for emissions as a price for their support of the final agreement.Todd Stern,

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Dynamics of Indirect Land-Use Change: Empirical Evidence From Brazil

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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ETH Zurich: The expansion of a given land use may affect deforestation directly if forests are cleared to free land for this use, or indirectly, via the displacement of other land-use activities from non-forest areas towards the forest frontier. Unlike direct land conversion, indirect land-use changes affecting deforestation are not immediately observable. They require the

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Warming May Harm Rainforests Less

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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CCN: Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, USA, Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are

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Tropical Forests Unexpectedly Resilient To Climate Change

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.

Nature: Tropical forests are unlikely to die off as a result of the predicted rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases this century, a new study finds. The analysis refutes previous work that predicted the catastrophic loss of the Amazon rainforest as one of the more startling potential outcomes of climate change. In the most extensive study

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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants Forest

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
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Yahoo (Ca): Jadav Payeng, known as “Mulai” to his friends and neighbours, has spent the last 30 years single-handedly planting and caring for a huge 550-hectare forest on a sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. In 1980, Assam’s Jorhat district’s social forestry division launched a tree-planting initiative on 200 hectares

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Mainstreaming Women’s Perspectives In Climate Change And REDD+

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Panel discussion at the expert seminar on Gender, Forestry, Climate Change and REDD+.

RECOFTC’s Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+ project team shares highlights from the recent national level expert seminar on Gender, Forestry, Climate Change and REDD+, organized jointly by RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests and the Department of Forestry, Lao PDR. Despite some well documented studies on the extensive knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience

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Guidelines On Free, Prior And Informed Consent: UN-REDD

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch the UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version). Recognizing the critical role of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communi­ties to the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme has prioritized stakeholder engagement from its inception. Recognizing that a key component

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Guide For REDD Plus Negotiators

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

FIELD: The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus*. FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final

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Farmers Seek New Income From Fairtrade Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
A coffee producer and member of the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) shows off his crop in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. PHOTO/Fairtrade International/Razaq Kottakkal

Alertnet: Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old – proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for

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Reforestation Pilot In China Is Earning Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A project that has reforested 3,000 hectares of previously barren land in China’s southwest Guangxi is issuing its first carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. The Facilitating Reforestation for Guangxi Watershed Management in Pearl River Basin Project was the first reforestation project to be registered in the world under the United Nations

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World Bank REDD+ Forest Carbon Fund Gets $180m Injection

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
Logging in Borneo. Some critics fear that without proper safeguards, REDD+ could provide subsidies for industrial activities in tropical forests. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Mongabay: The World Bank’s forest carbon fund got a $180 million injection from Finland, Germany and Norway, reports Point Carbon. The bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is providing funding to develop and implement Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects in three dozen tropical countries, now had $650 in its coffers. According

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Indigenous Biodiversity ‘Crucial’ To Forest Futures

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
Experts strongly emphasise need to include local people in forest planning

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SciDev.Net: Forestry experts are calling for an increase in the use of native tree species in reforestation projects, arguing that they are better for biodiversity and can slow the pace of global warming. The recommendation appears in a report published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) that was presented during the UN

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Effective Green Financing: What Have We Learned So Far?

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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Climate Policy Initiative: There are many theories about how to use public resources to combat climate change, but few empirical cases examining whether steps taken by policy makers have worked or not. Drawing on the experience of the San Giorgio Group, the San Giorgio Group case studies provide observations about effective green financing and specifically,

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COP18 Was Not Good Enough: Time To Rethink Green Sectors’ Approach For 2015

Dec 14th, 2012 | By

CIFOR: The UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha worked overtime to finally agree not to disagree. The Secretariat was quick to make a release that declares success and highlights four results: Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol; Timetable for negotiating a 2015 agreement; Decisions on new UNFCCC institutions, including the Green Climate Fund; Reiterating the ambition for $100

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Doha Climate Conference Closes on ‘Weak Deal’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
Activists march to demand action on climate change during the UN's 18th climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. photograph: mohammed dabbous/reuters

Irishtimes: Doha climate conference closes on ‘weak deal’ unlikely to stem emissions. After marathon negotiations at the weekend, the UN’s 18th conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar, finally produced an agreement that would see the Kyoto Protocol continuing for a further seven years. But the deal was denounced by climate activists as inadequate to

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Climate Change: To Save Trees, Save People

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
A growing tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - the carbon stays in the tree until it is destroyed. Photo: Charles Akena/IRIN

IRIN: Scientists are pushing for changes to a UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss. Environmentalists have long argued the mechanism must also protect biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. Now, ahead of climate talks in Doha, this thinking is finding a broader audience. The mechanism, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
REDD+ has been criticised for leading to commercial monocultures of fast-growing alien trees .Flickr/ kalimantan A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s (October 2012) meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the

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No Success For REDD+ Without Understanding Possible Impacts

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
Redd plus countries No success for REDD+ without understanding possible impacts on forest biodiversity and people. The world’s rapidly dwindling forests should be valued as more than just “carbon warehouses” to mitigate climate change, according to a new report released today from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. In

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 5th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the capacity of

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Social Forestry, Again

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

RECOFTC: Celeste Lacuna-Richman, Environmental Policy Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), discusses the importance of designing forestry programs that take into account the realities faced by communities on-the-ground. In Finland, the forestry sector is so well-integrated into the larger society that the concept of “social forestry” seems to be superfluous.  Thus, for more

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REDD+ Actions Can Have Varying Impacts

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By

Sciedev.Net: Impacts of actions under Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a UN mechanism to stem deforestation and degradation – on biodiversity and carbon vary across forest types and landscape conditions, a new global assessment shows. Key findings of the preliminary assessment of links between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, prepared by the International Union

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Welcome To The UN’s Secret Climate Adaptation Summit

Oct 19th, 2012 | By

COP11 in Hyderabad is probably the biggest climate adaptation conference you have never heard of. Representatives from 192+ countries have travelled to India, drawing a crowd of 14,000 delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bi-annual summit. But aside from a solitary New York Times journalist who arrived on Monday, media coverage outside

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. [BOGOR] Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers’ livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Express Tribune: With flash floods cutting a trail of destruction across some districts of Balochistan and Sindh, the Senate standing committee on climate change raised alarm on Monday at the rapid deforestation in the country and directed the government to take immediate steps to rehabilitate forest land. Highlighting the role of trees in curbing flash

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Climate Change May Cause Severe Loss In The Economic Value Of European Forest Land

Sep 29th, 2012 | By

Nature: European forests, covering more than 2 million km2 or 32% of the land surface1, are to a large extent intensively managed and support an important timber industry. Climate change is expected to strongly affect tree species distribution within these forests2, 3. Climate and land use are undergoing rapid changes at present4, with initial range shifts already

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Women Are The Foot Soldiers Of Climate Change Adaptation – Expert

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions. As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to

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Plant a Pledge To Restore Earth Ecosystem: IUCN

Aug 18th, 2012 | By
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Mankind has removed more than half of the planet’s original forest cover. All the time this land stays barren and unrestored, the lives of millions of people and the survival of entire communities, cultures and ecosystems, remain under threat. We can restore many of these landscapes. A restored landscape can accommodate a mosaic of different

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Community Managed Forests

Aug 8th, 2012 | By

RECOFTC Blog: Regan Suzuki highlights key points from a new RECOFTC publication that explores the potential links between climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The women proudly show off the now verdant forest surrounding the Chapini River. As one of the few female-led community forestry user groups (CFUGs) in this conservative area of Nepal close

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Deciphering UNFCCC Decisions On National Forest Monitoring Systems For REDD+

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

UN-REDD: As a comprehensive agreement on REDD+ gets closer with each Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is essential that stakeholders around the world – especially in developing countries – fully understand the content, context and implications of adopted decisions. This is not always easy,

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What Does Green Economy Mean To Nepal And Himalayan countries?

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
Dr. Karki

My Republica: During the upcoming Rio+20 summit in Brazil, the main expectation of developing mountainous countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is stronger political commitment. Nepal, for example, hopes that the Rio+20 outcome document will express concrete global support for greater synergy, balance, and integration of the pillars of sustainable development—environmental, economic, socio-political, and

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Compendium Of Legal Best Practices on Climate Change Policy

May 31st, 2012 | By

IDLO: Climate change is an immense environmental and socio-economic challenge. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that climate change will impact geophysical and biological as well as social systems, including food supply, health, water resources, infrastructure and the foundations of our economic system. Although the effects of climate change vary

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