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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Add adaptation to Congo Basin policies, scientists say — here’s how

A new study of forest and climate change policy in the Congo Basin finds adaptation to global warming to be missing in Central African policies, and suggests a way to fill this gap.

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Thursday 17 July 2014

Incrementalism vs. transformation: How to change in the face of climate change?

With climate change proceeding faster than previously expected, there is a growing realization that adapting to it will be as important as mitigating it. But how policymakers build resilience to climate change raises thorny questions. At what point do we stop pursuing incremental changes in favor of disruptive, transformative change?

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Wednesday 9 July 2014

Board game simulates decisions of forest stakeholders

Luis García Barrios, a senior researcher at Mexico's Colegio de la Frontera Sur, invented the Sierra Springs board game to simulate the behavior of farmers gaining access to a new plot of tropical forest. García Barrios demonstrated the game at the recent Resilience 2014 conference in Montpellier, France.

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Communities willing to mitigate climate change — with a little help, research shows

Local communities are willing and able to take part in tree-based climate change mitigation activities — provided that they receive some assistance, new research in Brazil and Indonesia shows.

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Thursday 3 July 2014

Youth — the next frontier in forest management

Despite sustained interest in agriculture- and forest-based livelihoods among young people in tropical regions, their voice has yet to be heard in land management structures, scientists and youth representatives say.

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Friday 30 May 2014

Better information flows needed for REDD+ monitoring, report says

Harmonizing the flow of information between local, national and international institutions remains a key challenge to projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (known as REDD+), according to a recent analysis. The study cites obstacles and opportunities for monitoring, verifying and reporting (MRV) emissions reductions in three countries with REDD+ programs.

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Wednesday 9 April 2014

Surge in Chinese demand exposes cracks in Mozambique forest policy

Illegal activity in Mozambique’s forestry industry has increased alongside a surge in Chinese demand for Mozambican timber, leading to negative effects for the industry and for the sustainability of the country’s forests. But this could help spur timber and trade policy change, researchers say.

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Monday 17 February 2014

Forests and climate change in Central Africa — what will 2014 bring?

With the deadline for a global climate agreement looming next year, scientists, conservationists and policymakers in Central Africa are becoming increasingly aware that management of forests needs to be part of a broader conversation about land use. 

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Monday 20 January 2014

Study highlights link between tree cover and nutrition in children

“Our research shows that children in Africa living in communities surrounded by forest cover have higher dietary diversity and more fruit and vegetable consumption,” said Amy Ickowitz, an economist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
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Friday 13 December 2013

Not just for measuring trees: Laser scanner captures “Billy” the African elephant

  • * Traditional methods to accurately estimate above ground biomass have limitations
  • * A combination of terrestrial and airborne laser images (LiDAR) are helping scientists to digitally reconstruct forests and accurately estimate the amount of carbon stored.
  • * Scientists now looking to scale up this technology in the tropics
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Friday 29 November 2013

Scientists urge tact in crafting forest governance systems

Forest governance often means addressing the inconsistencies of land, tree and resource management, a process that can be complicated by interactions among governments, the private sector and civil society, according to scientists.

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Wednesday 27 November 2013

Consumer countries look to stop ‘eating tropical forests’

Policymakers and corporations in importer countries are growing increasingly aware of the need to address deforestation embedded in food and other supply chains.

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REDD+ highlights tenure problems, but does not solve them

Preparations for a proposed international scheme to pay local users to cut greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation are directing more attention to forest tenure problems — but they do not solve them, researchers have found.

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Saturday 16 November 2013

Smallholder farmers in Cameroon nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help

A recent study of two villages in Cameroon indicates that small farmers there are not far from having the capacity to make REDD+ projects work in their communities.

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Thursday 14 November 2013

When tenure reform for REDD+ needs a second wind

Initially promising efforts to strengthen land tenure in tropical forest countries may need a fresh injection of resources and political will if they are to be sustained, cases from Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia show.

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Tuesday 12 November 2013

Peru reforms forest sector as it prepares to host next year’s COP

Peru, which will host COP 20 in Lima in 2014, is reforming the institutional and legal set-up for its forestry sector. The next steps for climate action in Peru include simplifying REDD+, achieving emission reductions and changing budget arrangements. The country is also addressing illegal logging through a combination of high technology and financial incentives.

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

West African lake a field laboratory for long-term landscapes research

A new approach to collaborative research over the next few decades at key sites such as Lake Bam could offer insights into the evolution of forest landscapes.

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Thursday 19 September 2013

The multi-million dollar question: Is forest certification working?

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new analysis.

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Wednesday 29 May 2013

Maîtriser les rivères du Congo pour sauver ses forêts

Ce n’est pas le commerce du bois, l’expansion agricole ou les mines qui présentent le plus grand danger pour les forêts tropicales de République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), mais la demande en énergie, qui peut être résolue en maîtrisant les rivières du pays, selon un nouveau descriptif du pays.

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Q&A: What’s behind the lag in climate-related finance in Central Africa?

Most Central African countries have been unable to access climate funds—and, according to experts, donors are “skeptical” about the countries’ ability to meet requirements on accounting, internal control and external oversight.

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