Forests blogs

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  • Isilda Nhantumbo's picture

    REDD+: a win-win deal is possible!

    Isilda Nhantumbo 17 November 2011

    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.

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    REDD+: Learning from participatory forest management

    Isilda Nhantumbo 10 November 2011

    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.

  • Mike Shanahan's picture

    Q: When is a forest not a forest? A: When no-one knows

    Mike Shanahan 2 November 2011

    Take a look at these two photographs and play spot the difference.

  • Camilla Toulmin's picture

    Wangari Maathai: activist, environmentalist and mother to a movement

    Camilla Toulmin 27 September 2011

    It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai aged 71. She has been a great champion of why environment matters for people across the planet, and especially for women and poor groups in Africa. Like a tall spreading tree, perhaps an Acacia, her influence and courage have provided nourishment and shelter for a wide range of activities in Kenya and beyond.

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    REDD+ in Mozambique: new opportunity for land grabbers?

    Isilda Nhantumbo 15 September 2011

    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.

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    Assessing REDD+: beyond carbon measurements

    Isilda Nhantumbo 8 September 2011

    Assessing projects to reduce deforestation and forest degradation is not just about measuring how much carbon they have sequestered or enhanced. It is equally about asking what such projects have done to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.

  • Duncan Macqueen's picture

    Biomass: boon or bane?

    Duncan Macqueen 31 August 2011

    A new IIED briefing paper asks some hard questions about biomass investments and warns that rising demand for renewable energy sources could drive land grabs.

  • James Mayers's picture

    Sanity in REDD governance shock!

    James Mayers 24 August 2011

    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.

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    Uganda's forest grabbers are back - but the people are ready

    James Mayers 17 August 2011

  • Duncan Macqueen's picture

    Biomass in the red – but can we put biomass into REDD+?

    Duncan Macqueen 18 July 2011

    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.

  • Grazia Piras's picture

    When we care for it...preserving cultural and spiritual values of forests

    Grazia Piras 12 July 2011

    Everywhere in the world people care for and try to preserve the things they value.

    What is considered valuable is relative to the socio-cultural context, and often things that are of great significance and deeply precious for some individuals and groups are not for others. There are things and places that are priceless because they refer to our identity and our sense of being and belonging.

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    Delivering REDD+: can past lessons help in tempering optimism and making headway?

    Isilda Nhantumbo 9 May 2011

    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.

  • Duncan Macqueen's picture

    Setting fire to outdated thinking on biomass energy

    Duncan Macqueen 11 April 2011

    Energy shortages and rising fuel costs are nothing new to the poor in developing countries where 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.4 billion use biomass as their primary cooking and heating fuels. What is new, is the idea that renewable biomass energy itself could enable developing countries to fight poverty and climate change, create jobs and gain energy independence.

  • Elaine Morrison's picture

    Nepal: space to debate, opportunities to act

    Elaine Morrison 24 March 2011

    A first visit to a country is often the time when we ‘see’ the most, and our recent brief visit to Nepal certainly afforded some lasting impressions. High Himalayan ranges glistening in the sun contrasting with the air pollution and traffic congestion of Kathmandu; immense cultural, religious and architectural wealth side by side with acute poverty; roads without streetlights or traffic lights, and shops in the city centre lit by candles, (power cuts were increased from 12 to 14 hours per day during our visit).

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    Forest Connect: championing local forest enterprises

    Duncan Macqueen 24 February 2011

    Last week (16–18 February), I joined the Forest Connect alliance at a meeting in Ethiopia to learn from the country’s experience in locally controlled forestry and reaffirm our vision that poverty reduction and forest conservation can go hand in hand if locally controlled forest enterprises can be made profitable and sustainable.

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    Lumbering illegality: how to make timber sustainable and pro-poor

    Duncan Macqueen 26 January 2011

    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.

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    Local voice, global forest, local forest, global voice

    Grazia Piras 17 January 2011

    Who had heard of G3 eighteen months ago? Nobody, because it didn’t exist.
    Yet an alliance known as The Three Rights Holders Group has had a strong presence at COP 16 in Cancun, manning an information booth and participating in various panels.

    The group’s message was a simple one, advocating for sustainable forest management and locally controlled forestry as a vital component in any realistic strategy going forward to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    So who is this group and where has it come from?

  • Duncan Macqueen's picture

    Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

    Duncan Macqueen 22 December 2010

    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…

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    A pinch of salt from Namaacha

    Duncan Macqueen 17 December 2010

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

  • James Mayers's picture

    Turn REDD on its head

    James Mayers 14 December 2010

    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.

  • REDD: does governance really matter?

    Anais Hall 16 July 2010

    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.

  • Emma Blackmore's picture

    Did the bankers do the Amazon a favour?

    Emma Blackmore 22 February 2010

    Deforestation rates in Brazil nearly halved recently — the largest fall in two decades. Not bad for the country that, back in the 20th century, was so often portrayed in the media as losing a chunk of rainforest ‘the size of Wales’. That’s just one example of how the impacts of recession on the environment can tell us an awful lot about the way our economy works.

  • Camilla Toulmin's picture

    Ideas matter but time is short

    Camilla Toulmin 7 December 2008

    Under a bright blue sky, we spent the day perched on lecture hall benches in Poznan’s University. A one-day immersion on everything you need to know and more about forests and climate change.