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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)

We have 77 items tagged with ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)’.
  • Mangroves (Blue Carbon) in the Lamu area, on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (Photo: Peter Prokosch)

    IIED at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

    IIED and its partners will be at this year's World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i from 1-10 September 2016

    23 August 2016 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Meceburi Forest, Mozambique: a young woman harvests casava (Photo: Mike  Goldwater/IIED)

    Seeds of the post-capitalist forest?

    Could innovative local organisations working with forests, together with the Paris climate agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and global financial crisis help deliver us into a post-capitalist era

    11 February 2016 | Blog | Forests
  • A local farmer uses manual callipers to measure a tree. Measuring trees in person can be cheaper and just as accurate (Photo: Geoff Wells)

    The Paris Agreement, SDGs and simple local monitoring

    How can we minimise monitoring costs and make sure that money intended for local "development" ends up with the people who need it?

    7 January 2016 | Blog | Forests
  • Slash and burn, pictured in the Mopeia district, Zambezia province, Mozambique, has a noble motive – feeding families - but it is not sustainable (Photo: Isilda Nhantumbo/IIED)

    REDD+: missionaries, conservation fortresses and the politics of carbon landscapes in Africa

    As a new book warns that carbon forestry in Africa is heading for failure, representing little more than "green grabbing", Isilda Nhantumbo argues that we need to urgently learn the lessons about what works and what doesn't when it comes to forest (and carbon) management

    23 December 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • An area of forest in Tanzania, where REDD+ activities have included the support of community land use planning and the provision of alternative livelihoods (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

    Tackling deforestation as part of climate action

    While world leaders worked towards a new global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris, 51 practitioners, policymakers and researchers met at a two-day IIED workshop about REDD+ to discuss the key role forests can play in climate change mitigation

    17 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Nepalese women carry wood harvested sustainably from a forest. Forests cover nearly half of Nepal (Photo: Bikas Rauniar/Department for International Development, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    REDD+ in Paris – what could be in it for people and forests?

    Curbing climate emissions means managing and using existing forests, and land sustainably. An IIED workshop in Paris will look at how the programme to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can be made more effective, while also supporting local communities

    27 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The author with cocoa farmers in Ghana. Farmers on average receive 3 per cent of a chocolate bar price and many are dependent on a single commodity for their livelihoods (Photo: Marisa Camargo)

    Zero deforestation supply chains: promoting sustainable chocolate

    How can we make chocolate more sustainable? This was one of the questions addressed by IIED researchers in a presentation at the World Forestry Congress in Durban.

    16 September 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A forest ranger takes measurements of a tree at Megeni Kitasha in the Rombo District in Moshi, Tanzania (Photo: FAO/Simon Maina)

    IIED at the XIV World Forestry Congress

    IIED and its partners will be at this year's World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7-11 September 2015

    11 August 2015 | Article | Forests
  • A traditional dance festival attracts tourists in Romania's Maramures Nature Park. The park was designed as a multifunctional protected landscape and was zoned to reflect both environmental priorities and economic needs of local people (Photo: Radu Pop/UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Equity, justice and ecosystem services: what do we mean?

    Conservation efforts are increasingly supposed to achieve equity – but what does this mean and how can it be assessed? Phil Franks shares some ideas that may help

    11 May 2015 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Deforestation in Bhutan: forests are a prime example of how an integrated approach to policymaking can prevent benefits in one area undermining wellbeing elsewhere (Photo: Curt Carnemark/World Bank, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Integration: will the UN Forum on Forests lead the way?

    Ahead of the UN Forum on Forests meeting in New York, IIED’s Jonathan Reeves argues that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly for forests – depends upon integration and compromise and asks whether the political will exists to lay aside egos and break down institutional barriers

    1 May 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • Local logging bosses ('patrons') attend a training session on business organisation and forest management in the remote miombo forest near Caia in Central Mozambique (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Mozambique's forest theatre – how will the play end?

    Conscious that speaking at a training event for Mozambican Simple License loggers required some theatrical flourish to hold attention in the sub-tropical heat, Duncan Macqueen took to the stage

    4 March 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • Marisa Carmargo presents approaches to equity in forest governance: Lessons for safeguard development at an event at COP20 in Lima (Photo: Donal Yeang via Flickr)

    Why the private sector must be included in efforts to curb deforestation

    Making the links between green supplies chains, zero deforestation and the private sector at COP20 in Lima

    5 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP20 begins in Lima, where negotiators have gathered to discuss action to tackle global  climate change (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20)

    The full programme of IIED activity at COP20 in December 2014, including video blog updates and round ups of the coverage from each day

    25 November 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Participants in the gender and environmental change workshop discuss REDD+ (Photo: Lucile Robinson/IIED)

    Making gender equality a global and local reality

    The UNFCCC has taken significant steps to promote women's increased participation in the global climate change negotiations process. It's a gain for gender equality, but gaps remain

    21 May 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Deforestation in Kalimantan, Indonesia, which has been pledged US$1 billion pledge of REDD+ finance from Norway (Photo: Josh Estey/Aus Aid, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    What's next for REDD+?

    After several years of negotiations, a framework has been agreed to compensate developing nations for avoiding deforestation. IIED hosted a conference to examine what happens now

    29 April 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • This family in the Mecati Forest, Mozambique, cut down trees and cleared the land on this hillside to grow a crop of cowpeas. They will use this land for two more years, use the cut timber for firewood, and them move on (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    2014: the International Year of Family Farming

    See how IIED's work during the International Year of Family Farming helped to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming and its contribution to eradicating hunger, reducing rural poverty and more

    22 April 2014 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Members of Likawage Village Natural Resources Committee use beaters to prevent a lit fire from burning backwards towards farms (Photo: Deogratias Ndossi)

    Making REDD+ work for communities and forests: three shared lessons for project designers

    The challenge of bringing a business-like approach to forest conservation, using REDD+ schemes, is complex and daunting. But three lessons learnt by a project in southeastern Tanzania can help ensure success

    10 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Mountains, forests and rice paddies in Nepal (Photo: Sajal Sthapit)

    Risky business: assessing potential impacts of REDD+ in Nepal

    Nepal has begun to assess the potential harm and benefits of the compensation scheme for protecting forests

    9 April 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • An IIED workshop that aims to explore the latest thinking on REDD+ gets under way (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Coverage of Moving ahead with REDD+: Prospects and challenges workshop

    From 9-10 April, IIED hosted a workshop that aims to explore the latest thinking on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) — see the highlights here

    7 April 2014 | Article | Forests
  • Pilot projects including the Bolsa Floresta forest stipend scheme in Amazonas, Brazil, help to combat deforestation in Brazil (Google re-use licensed)

    How to assess what people want from REDD+

    Focus groups, choice experiments and votes in villages reveal big difference in how communities wish to be rewarded for avoiding deforestation

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • This week in Myanmar, pictured, the Forest Farm Facility is funding a national exchange between forest and farm producer groups and many other producer groups (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Forest and Farm Facility: Getting resources to those who matter

    Improving the participation of rural people has been in vogue for years, often with limited success. Here's one scheme that lives up to the hype by involving forest and farm producers on their own terms

    24 March 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Participants in the gender and environmental change workshop discuss REDD+ (Photo: Lucile Robinson/IIED)

    Gender and Environmental Change Workshop: highlights

    From 17-18 March, IIED hosted a workshop to identify a future agenda for research action on gender and environmental change. Here are some of the highlights

    18 March 2014 | Article | Gender
  • Seaweed farming in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, is an example of an alternative livelihood project (Photo: Yeowatzup via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Are "alternative livelihoods" projects effective?

    Considerable sums have been spent on projects designed to provide people with alternative ways to make a living in and around protected or biodiverse areas. But do such projects work?

    4 February 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Logging truck in Cameroon. Credit: World Resources Institute (Creative Commons)

    What’s missing from private-sector REDD+?

    Weak engagement with businesses that operate in forest landscapes and a lack of clarity about who has rights to the carbon in trees are among the problems facing private-sector REDD+

    29 January 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Press photographers recording the opening plenary (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)

    The full programme of IIED activity at COP19 this November, including video blog updates.

    20 December 2013 | Article | Climate change
  • Sudanese Women selling charcaol. Rita Willaert/ Flickr (Creative Commons)

    REDD+: 3 things to consider so men and women share the benefits

    Linking commodities that drive deforestation with gender offers great opportunities that capitalise on the advantages of different actors

    18 December 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A REDD strategy team talk to farmer Nimale Maribu at the Meceburi Forest Reserve, Mozambique. Photo: Mike Goldwater

    Testing REDD+ in Mozambique

    IIED has been helping to facilitate the REDD+ process, a process which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests, in Mozambique since 2009.

    1 October 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Lush forests in Ghana – one of the focus countries where REDD+ is relatively new. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

    Designing REDD+ to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty

    IIED is looking at how REDD+, a scheme which aims to compensate developing countries to reduce carbon emissions and conserve and sustainably manage their forests, can be designed at international, national and local levels to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty, as well as reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Women discuss forest management at a Community Forest User Group meeting in Nepal. Photo: WOCAN

    Gender and REDD+

    Women from poor, forest-dependent communities play a key role in the management of forests, and yet they are frequently marginalised from decision-making in communities. This is a problem as gender equity is essential for tackling more sustainable forest management, and to achieving the aims of REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries.

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Isilda Nhantumbo, Bright Sibale, and Duncan Macqueen exchange ideas at a Forest Governance Learning Group Learning Event in Mozambique. Photo: Leianne Rolington

    Private sector involvement with REDD+

    IIED is working with partners to understand and document the scale of private sector engagement with REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries. We are doing this by developing a series of national-level case studies and a global database.

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • 	The field team designing a REDD strategy talk to farmer Nimale Maribu Saidi as part of their field research in Meceburi Forest Reserve, Mozambique .Photo by Mike Goldwater

    Inclusive environmental investments

    Inclusive environmental investments — from both public and private sector finance — are essential if local forest people are to benefit from deals that are both fair and support climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Seu Amilton showing his practices at the forest dialogue in Brazil

    The Forests Dialogue

    IIED is active in The Forests Dialogue, which is an international multi-stakeholder programme designed to spur collaborative action on high-priority issues facing the world’s forests.

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Men spray water from water hoses onto a small fire in Kazakhstan

    Promoting biodiversity within climate response strategies

    Biodiversity conservation both affects and is affected by climate change. IIED is working to promote biodiversity within plans and strategies aimed at responding to climate change.

    16 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Flooded sugar cane fields near Colombia's third largest city, Cali, during an intense rainy season.

    What does low-carbon resilience look like in Latin America?

    Many Latin American countries are showing how the pursuit of low-carbon strategies can create ‘win-win’ scenarios for economic growth and forest protection.

    4 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A delegate at COP18 in Doha  (Photo:  N. Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at the COP18 UN climate summit

    Qatar hosted the 18th UN climate summit. IIED researchers attended the talks and supported negotiators from the Least Developed Countries

    20 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • A villager gathers medicinal bark in Mozambique

    Investing in sustainable productivity could secure REDD+ schemes long term

    Putting less emphasis on carbon payments and more on supporting sustainable enterprise could give REDD+ projects longer-term financial security.

    13 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • A man stands by a tree stump in Mozambique.

    REDD+: What is needed to make it work for the poor?

    While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest.

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • A large group of people sit under a tree and talk.

    We need more integrity between the treatment of forests at home and abroad

    Does the treatment of forests at home influence what different donor nations prioritise and support abroad?

    2 October 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Coral Reef. Economists at the BioEcon conference Credit: Magnus Manske (creative commons)

    The value of valuing ecosystem services

    Economists continually fail to get the message across. Nowhere is this more evident than in dealing with ecosystem services.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Economics
  • Women discuss forest management at a Community Forest User Group meeting in Nepal.

    When pigs fly: Why is including women in managing forests still so unusual?

    Women are routinely excluded from REDD decision-making processes, but if they’re excluded then they can’t benefit equally from its work.

    24 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Discussing free, prior and informed consent in REDD+

    Free, prior and informed consent in REDD+: going beyond the right to say ‘no’

    How could obtaining the free prior, and informed consent of communities be applied to REDD+, a scheme that aims to compensate communities for keeping their forests standing?

    27 July 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Forested hills in Nepal, with a house in the foreground and forested hills, and then clouds behind.

    Report calls for REDD+ to Invest in Forest Communities

    Income generated from REDD+ should be given to forest communities to invest in their future, recommends a new report by The Forests Dialogue (TFD). Investing locally in this way should be part of understanding REDD+ as integral to broader development among forest-dependent communities.

    16 May 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Good forest governance is key to reducing climate change and poverty

    World Forest Day last week focused international attention on the urgency of better managing forests for food, fuel, climate change and natural disaster responses at a time when the stakes have never been higher.

    26 March 2012 | News | Forests
  • Needed: Local farmers and communities to plant trees in Indonesia

    Forests cover almost half of Indonesia’s surface but, because growing new tree plantations and sustainably managing forests has historically not kept pace with the country’s extensive timber proce

    22 February 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • REDD+ project design: 10 points to consider so the poor don’t lose out

    REDD+ aims to reward or compensate tropical developing countries for keeping their forests intact  or for reducing the scale of  deforestation. It’s predicted that financial flows to these countries from REDD+ could reach up to US$30 billion a year. So getting the issue of REDD+  benefit distribution right is crucial, not only to ensure that it is benefiting the poorest of the poor (or at least not harming them), but for building REDD+’s legitimacy both at the national and international level, which in turn will help preserve forest ecosystems.

    30 January 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Green Economy Coalition gives Rio 2012 text a Grade B

    Twenty years on from the first summit on sustainable development, yesterday the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Bureau released t

    13 January 2012 | Blog | Green economy
  • COP17

    United Nations climate change negotiations: IIED at COP17

    IIED was the summit in Durban, sharing learning from our research, training journalists and providing analysis of the unfolding events

    20 December 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: Forest day

    James Mayers, the head of IIED's natural resources group, discusses key themes being discussed at the UN Climate Negotiations’ forest day in Durban, South Africa.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Louder this time, ‘Turn REDD on its head!’

    A year ago, ‘Turn REDD on its head!’ seemed like a good title for a blog. Now it seems like an essential way forward if REDD is going to work.

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • REDD+: a win-win deal is possible!

    With the dusk of the International Year of Forests fast approaching, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) has the potential to bring positive changes to the lives of people who are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. But this can only happen if REDD+ is implemented in a way that ensures their participation in the process.

    17 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • REDD+: Learning from participatory forest management

    As policymakers prepare to discuss REDD+ at UN climate talks in Durban, they should heed the lessons learned from years of experience in participatory forest management across the developing world.

    10 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Making REDD+ deliver for everyone

    With deforestation and forest degradation being the third largest global contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, forests have an enormous role to play in any attempts to combat climate change. An international scheme called REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest mangement and enhancement of carbon stocks) offers a financial incentive to keep trees standing and reduce global greenhouse emissions. Our workshop on 27 November shared perspectives on how we can make REDD+ deliver for people who depend on the forests.

    11 October 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Development and Climate days at COP17

    The 2011 Development and Climate (D&C) Days event focused on “evidence-based adaptation planning”.

    6 October 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Defining fairness: the experiences of a Richard Sandbrook scholar at IIED

    My being at IIED is rather fortuitous. I completely missed the first advertisement to apply for this position when it went round on the college mailing list, but luckily I was saved when the deadline for applications was pushed back a week to accommodate late applicants. I was one of those late applicants. In the space of a few short weeks I was notified that I had been shortlisted and that I was invited to interview for the Richard Sandbrook Scholarship. I was just thrilled to have been offered an interview so you can imagine my joy when I was told hours later that I had been selected for the position.

    20 September 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • REDD+ in Mozambique: new opportunity for land grabbers?

    Land is cheap and is perceived to be abundant in Africa. A scramble for its land, following the food and fuel crisis three years ago, is on. European and North American companies have been acquiring land to grow export and biofuel crops and to supply their need for pulp and paper. Now they’re being joined by newly emerging economies – in particular Brazil, India and China – which are also increasingly acquiring large tracts of land and searching for other natural resources, in particular water and minerals.

    15 September 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Plans to protect forests could do more harm than good unless power is in local hands

    Tropical countries that seek a share of billions of dollars of climate finance in return for protecting their forests risk creating strategies that fail to bring social and environmental benefits, according to a report released today by IIED.

    25 August 2011 | News | Forests
  • Sanity in REDD governance shock!

    When it comes to forest governance — who gets to decide what about forests — REDD is a pleasant dream for some, a nightmare for others. I think it is depends on how you see the money and the leverage.

    24 August 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Biomass in the red – but can we put biomass into REDD+?

    Commercial forest rights that create incentives for Malawians to plant trees on farm for food and fuel are essential for REDD+ and climate change adaptation.

    18 July 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Delivering REDD+: can past lessons help in tempering optimism and making headway?

    The International Year of Forests is celebrating the importance of forests and raising the profile of challenges and opportunities. The perceived value of forests has been raised by the recognition of their role in mitigating climate change. But the International Year of Forests is a momentous reminder that there are still unresolved issues.

    9 May 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Old woman in profile in front of thatched hut and mud house. Niger.

    Making Gender and Generation Matter

    The gender and generation programme of work brings together the work of IIED and its partners to analyse and integrate gender and generation issues in all its activites, and to engage and contribute to the emerging debates.

    26 April 2011 | Project | Gender
  • If a tree falls - a short film from the Mozambican forests

    Video: short film by Mike and Sam Goldwater offers a tantalising glimpse into the everyday lives of those whose existence and livelihoods are, in one way or another, dependent on the forests.

    11 March 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Forest Connect: championing local forest enterprises

    A meeting of the Forest Connect alliance reaffirms that it is local forest people that are best placed to reduce deforestation all over the world — provided they are given the right incentives. That means clear commercial rights to the forest and support to develop profitable and sustainable forest businesses.

    24 February 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Why REDD matters in Mozambique - a story in pictures

    14 February 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Lumbering illegality: how to make timber sustainable and pro-poor

    The European Union is closing its doors to illegal timber exports. But unless we tackle unsustainable logging to satisfy domestic timber markets, their actions will little benefit forests, or the millions of poor people that live within them. Making timber sustainable requires the use of both trade and climate strategies in unison to bring about locally controlled forestry.

    26 January 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

    The UN has declared 2011 as the international year of forests — although more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see it that way. Spiralling global demand for food, energy, fibre and water spell trouble for these people’s forests.Schemes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) may have been agreed at last month’s climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, but without locally controlled forestry this, in itself, will not stop the pressure on our forests. If you listen carefully you can still hear the forest clock ticking down…

    22 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • A pinch of salt from Namaacha

    Strengthening local communities’ rights to and capacity for sustainable forest management is critical to making REDD work in developing countries.

    17 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Turn REDD on its head

    National REDD strategies must be based on local, not government, control, say opinion leaders from ten countries in the IIED-facilitated Forest Governance Learning Group.

    14 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Moving climate talks forward: new parliamentary group consider the options

    Global climate negotiations are at an impasse. How can we get around it? A new All-Party Parliamentary Group discusses the options.

    30 November 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Storm watch for Cancun climate talks

    Striking a deal at this month’s UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico will largely depend on negotiators’ ability to settle stormy disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, over six key issues.

    23 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • REDD: does governance really matter?

    With concerns over climate change rising, there have been several initiatives aimed at reducing the impacts and contributing factors of climate change. But with millions and potentially billions of dollars at stake, how successful will these initiatives be in mitigating climate change?Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation - REDD (and REDD+, which includes conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancing forests’ carbon stocks) is an international initiative that seeks to reduce CO2 emissions. The United Nations REDD collaborative programme that has generated $8.7 million for the carbon stored in forests.

    16 July 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP 15 - Review and analysis

    Review and analysis of the aspirations and outcomes of the conference - What were the results? What comes next?

    21 January 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Innovations in biomass energy for renewable local energy provision and legitimate income generation

    This project explores how to optimise the contribution of woody biomass to renewable energy provision and legitimate commercial income generation – given its comparative advantages as the predomin

    15 January 2010 | Project | Forests
  •  Simple License holder cuts down a hardwood tree in Meceburi Forest Reserve, Mozambique. Photo: Mike Goldwater

    South-South REDD: A Brazil-Mozambique Initiative

    16 December 2009 | Project | Forests
  • World Forestry Congress

    The World Forestry Congress, held every six years, is the largest and most significant gathering of the world's forestry sector. Here are some articles on the most important issues for 2009.

    17 October 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Green Shoots and REDD herrings

    Forests continue to be trashed in many places. One recent estimate, admittedly ‘on the back-of-an- envelope’, indicates a global natural capital loss of US$2.5 trillion a year, of which forests represent a substantial part. We have all recently become used to hearing about trillions of dollars being wiped off the world’s ‘virtual economy’, but this natural capital is real, and its loss is permanent.

    15 October 2009 | Article | Forests
  • REDD: Protecting climate, forests and livelihoods

    Deforestation is a global issue. Beyond its destructive impacts on biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, it is a major driver of climate change and accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. REDD — 'reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation' — could offer a way forward, as IIED's growing body of REDD research and reports reflects.

    14 May 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Keeping the forests we've got

    The conservation of forests in countries like Suriname with high forest cover and low deforestation rates is not a priority for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Yet forest people suffer enormously from the effects of climate change.

    30 April 2009 | Article | Climate change
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