CIFOR at COP22

UN Climate Change Conference

7 – 18 November, Marrakesh

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Join CIFOR at COP22

Join CIFOR at COP22

With climate deals signed, the world is now gearing up for action. The 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) aims to take global action forward on achieving the priorities of the Paris Agreement, which comes into effect just days before the event to be held from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Forests and landscapes are set to play a key role in the new global climate and development agenda. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) brings the latest scientific research, insights and experiences to discussions held alongside the negotiations. Be part of the action at cifor.org/cifor-at-cop22 We would like to thank all donors who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Fund. http://www.cgiar.org/about-us/our-funders/
What is the Global Wetlands Map?

What is the Global Wetlands Map?

The Global Wetlands Map plots the distribution of wetlands, histosols – or peaty soils – and their carbon stocks around the world. Visitors can freely access the data via the online map or by download, while registered users can verify data and add their own. The initiative comes from the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), a collaborative effort between the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the United States Forest Service, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). To access the map, visit: www.cifor.org/global-wetlands To learn more about SWAMP, visit: www.cifor.org/swamp
It Takes a Village to Re-raise a Forest

It Takes a Village to Re-raise a Forest

To stem the effects of climate change on the country and its people, Ethiopia is looking towards forestry as a key solution CIFOR, in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry for Forests, the Environment and Climate Change, worked to identify the current challenges for the country in regards to Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). Read more: http://blog.cifor.org/tag/ethiopia/
Timor-Leste: Building resilience against the impacts of climate change

Timor-Leste: Building resilience against the impacts of climate change

HE Constãncio da Conceição Pinto, Timor-Leste’s Minister for Commerce, Industry and Environment, delivers an address on 4 August 2016 at the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Leaders in public, private and community sectors from across the Asia-Pacific gathered to discuss the future of the region’s forests at the Summit held from 3-5 August. Visit the event website: http://www.cifor.org/asia-pacific-rainforest-summit/
How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+

How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+

Marina Cromberg, CIFOR consultant has been working with communities in the Amazon to find out what they think about schemes to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Her research earned her a Prof Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons. Find Marina\'s transcribed interview here: http://bit.ly/11Mxhxl For more information on IASC click here: http://bit.ly/QjG20L
What the Paris Agreement means for Asia-Pacific forests

What the Paris Agreement means for Asia-Pacific forests

The Paris Agreement highlighted a strong role for forests in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and finding new opportunities for REDD+. In this plenary session at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, panelists discuss how the region can work together to support Nationally Determined Contribution commitments made under the Paris Agreement. The role of government was a particular focus, including approaches for policy, governance and regulation to sustainably manage forests. Moderator: Patrick Durst, Senior Forestry Officer for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Presenter: Nur Masripatin, Director General of Climate Change Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia Panel speakers: · Henning Hj. Johansen, Minister Counsellor - Deputy Representative to ASEAN, Norwegian Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia · Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) · Justin Lee, Deputy Head of Mission to Indonesia, Government of Australia Leaders in public, private and community sectors from across the Asia-Pacific gathered to discuss the future of the region’s forests at the Summit held from 3-5 August. Visit the event website: http://www.cifor.org/asia-pacific-rainforest-summit/
View from the Pacific: ‘Climate change is real’

View from the Pacific: ‘Climate change is real’

Pacific island ministers shared their concerns about forests and climate change at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit. In this video: HE Matai Seremaiah, Vanuatu’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity; and HE Osea Naiqamu, Fiji’s Minister for Fisheries and Forests, share perspectives from their Pacific island nations. Leaders in public, private and community sectors from across the region, including ministerial-level representatives from 13 Asia-Pacific countries, joined the regional Summit that was held from 3-5 August in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. To learn more, visit the event website: http://www.cifor.org/asia-pacific-rainforest-summit/
Kiran Asher - Women are to Gender what Trees are to Forests

Kiran Asher - Women are to Gender what Trees are to Forests

Gender and forests are re-emerging as central in the global sustainable development agenda. CIFOR and other forestry and environmental research organizations attempting to integrate “gender” into their research can learn from 40 years of scholarship on gender, development, and environment. Just as a collection of trees does not make a forest, “gender” is not simply a collection of women, or relations between women and men. Extensive analytical and empirical work on “gender” reveals that there is much heterogeneity among women, and that their social positions depend not just on their relations with men but are interconnected with their class, ethnicity, geographic location, and age. That is, understanding the gendered dynamics of forest management and/or sustainable development requires acknowledging the heterogeneity of gender relations and the fact that they are not just a product of local factors but are also shaped by broader political and economic forces. For watching the previous Science@10 presentation, please go to the CIFOR TV here
Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Ethiopia

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Ethiopia

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is the ongoing process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded areas. CIFOR’s FLR research work is funded by the International Forestry Knowledge (KNOWFOR) Program. KNOWFOR aims to provide policymakers and practitioners in developing countries with useful evidence, tools and analysis on forests, trees and climate change. See this link for more info: https://www.iucn.org/content/introducing-knowledge-and-tools-forest-landscape-restoration-project
Romain Pirard - Are zero-deforestation commitments opening a new era?

Romain Pirard - Are zero-deforestation commitments opening a new era?

The deforestation-free movement (or “zero-deforestation”) has emerged recently in a context of lower state control, globalization, and pressure on corporations by NGOs through consumer awareness campaign, acknowledging the essential role of agricultural commodities in deforestation. It takes the form of commitments by corporations to ensure that the products they either produce, process, trade or retail are not linked to forest conversion. Indonesia is primarily concerned by this movement. Ambitious targets have been set with concrete action on the ground, and typically go beyond forest conservation to also include peatland management and social issues. Regarding the zero-deforestation component, its implementation relies essentially on the two complementary methodologies High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) and High Carbon Stocks (HCS). Yet the movement is in its early stages and significant challenges remain for it realize its full potential. There might be contradictions between the achievement of conservation benefits and the recognition of rights for rural populations in a context of significant pressures on the land and remaining uncertainties in land tenure. Public authorities will also have to be involved to a much greater extent to provide a supportive legal framework. Rather than relying strictly on separate commitments to clean supply chains, another approach based on jurisdictions or even at a national or regional scale might be complementary to tackle deforestation globally. With the main groups previously involved in huge deforestation and abuses of communities’ rights, the legacy issue should not be neglected. Impacts of the movement on smallholders is another issue that deserves a lot of attention as there is a risk that smallholders eventually suffer from these commitments in access to land and/or because of market fragmentation.
Louis Putzel - Formalization as Development in Land and Natural Resource Policy

Louis Putzel - Formalization as Development in Land and Natural Resource Policy

CIFOR Scientist Louis Putzel introduces a new special issue of Society and Natural Resources available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/usnr20/28/5#.VVLEkWauW8k These articles are the product of a CIFOR project funded by the EC. For more information, see http://www.cifor.org/pro-formal. Responding to multiple problems affecting governance of natural resource access and trade, governments implement formalization processes, often driven by the interests of development agencies. In so doing, they interact with the contemporary political, social, and environmental contexts in which resources are extracted, produced, and traded. They also contend with histories of ownership, access rights, market configurations, and practices attached to resources and the lands in which they are located. As development policy, formalization frequently materializes as top-down restructuring based on current social and environmental norms. However, its adoption is often unsuccessful and entails risks including leakage, barriers to small or poor actors, elite capture, and negative effects on women or marginalized groups. The insights herein are informative to current processes of formalization associated with the European Union (EU) timber trade regime and other resource governance efforts. At the minimum, incorporation of adaptive approaches and user-accountable monitoring in such processes are recommended. To watch previous Science@10 presentations, please go to CIFOR TV https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ1FEAFDHOWcnCwld2Qjio_vqHIExpcwG
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