Bruno Vander Velde
Senior Writer and Media Liaison
Center for International Forestry Research
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Follow CIFOR’s blog for latest on REDD+ and other forest issues from UN climate talks in Durban
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
The Center for International Research (CIFOR) will have a team of experienced writers covering issues related to forests and REDD+ at the UN climate change talks in Durban next week. Media worldwide are welcome to use these stories, which will be published in English, Spanish, Indonesian and French on our blog: www.blog.cifor.org
The articles will look at a range of topics, including how forests mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing carbon, as well helping communities to adapt to the impacts of global warming. The articles will explore links between forests and food security, how forests provide sources for livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people, and how they safeguard biodiversity and protect endangered species.
Keep track of our coverage and daily updates from the conference by following us on Twitter and Facebook. You are free to use our stories in whole or in part with attribution to CIFOR’s Forests blog in line with Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-Share Alike License.
Some of our newly published stories on climate talks include:
- 3 sticking points to tackle on REDD+ in Durban, says facilitator
Antonio La Viña, who facilitates REDD+ negotiations at the U.N. climate change summits, said that while he is optimistic of progress at the upcoming talks in Durban there are three main negotiation sticking points that could slow a program to safeguard the world’s forests that are major stores of greenhouse gasses.
- Asia Pacific negotiators hope for decision on REDD+ financing in Durban
Countries in the Asia Pacific hope to get a decision on the financial mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) at the U.N. climate summit in Durban, negotiators said, despite low expectations that an overarching global agreement will be reached at the meeting.
- REDD+ best chance for progress on climate change at Durban, says scientist
There is a clear consensus around the forest preserving scheme REDD+ and it offers the best chance for progress on U.N. climate change negotiations to be held in Durban next week, said Louis Verchot, scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research.
As the climate talks commence in Africa, here are some of our other recent related posts:
- Tanzania’s burning question: Can REDD succeed amid a charcoal addiction?
- Safeguards failing to protect customary rights during large-scale land acquisitions
- In Congo Basin rainforests, the success of REDD+ leaves adaptation efforts trailing
- Reviving gum and resin production key to livelihoods and conservation in Ethiopia’s dry forests
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing counties. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.