Is REDD+ moving too slow? Not necessarily...

REDD+ implementation was supposed to be "big, quick and cheap". So far, it is not one big thing, but many smaller efforts designed and implemented by many different donors and agencies, a collection of programmes that are slow to design and implement and likely to be more expensive than first expected. In this POLEX, CIFOR scientist Louis Putzel asks: Is that all bad?

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The allure of win-win: can money buy environmental services?

Payments for environmental services (PES) approaches have been embraced enthusiastically worldwide because of their perceived win-win potential for both economy and environment. This blog analyses a recent CIFOR review that concluded that due to a lack of proper monitoring and evaluation processes we still do not fully understand the conditions in which different environmental policy tools such as PES will have positive environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

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Planting forests may help drought-stricken regions

As the world grapples with rising temperatures, scientists are trying to find ways to utilise forests to influence rainfall patterns in areas experiencing water shortages or severe drought, explores a new CIFOR blog. Tree leaves act as interceptors, catching falling rain, which then evaporates causing rain precipitation elsewhere — a process known as evapo-transpiration. By better understanding this process, we may, one day, be able to strategically plant trees that will bring rain to regions that need it most.

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Bootleggers and Baptists coalitions will help forest certification schemes expand

The forestry world is currently witnessing the birth of a new coalition for change, where companies, environmental groups and governments from both the developed and developing world are all agreeing on the need to eliminate illegally logged timber from markets – and this coalition of widely diverging interests is essential for building the future of forest certification, say experts in a recent CIFOR blog.

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Deforestation from mining in the Congo more than a "hole in the canopy"

China – although a relative newcomer to the scramble for resources – has already managed to carve out a major share of the Congo Basin mineral trade for itself. China's imports of ore and minerals from Africa grew from $350 million in 2000 to $7 billion in 2009, with more than 40 percent of that total coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. So what does the entry of such a resource hungry investor mean for the forests of the Congo Basin?

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Host a discussion forum at Forest Day 6

If you are planning to attend UNFCCC COP18 in Doha, you may be interested in attending Forest Day 6 on December 2 at the Renaissance Hotel. FD6 will seek to inform forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with REDD+ agreements reached at COP17 in Durban in order for long-term financing, good governance, and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. This year, the Forest Day committee is issuing an open call for organisations to participate in and host Discussion Forums and the Issues Marketplace. Applications and registration for exhibitions can now be submitted through forestday.org.


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5 – 9 August 2012. Hiroshima, Japan. more

Biodiversity Asia 2012: Science, Policy, and Governance
7 – 10 August 2012. Bangalore, India. more

Bioenergy from Forest Conference - Bioenergy from root to boiler
27 – 31 August 2012. Jyväskylä and Jämsä, Finland. more

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