Durban talks both good and bad for REDD+, says expert

The U.N. climate change talks in Durban resulted in a mixed bag for REDD: progress on how to set reference emissions levels, progress on defining how to measure emission reductions stemming from forestry initiatives, a weak decision on social and environmental safeguards for the program, and no advances on sources of long-term funding, according to CIFOR's leading climate scientist.

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REDD+ biggest success in climate change talks, Norway says

Norway's Environment and International Development Minister said that REDD+ is the biggest success story so far in global climate change negotiations but he called for countries to be "more daring" in their efforts to cut emissions and slow global warming.

World Bank: More donors supporting REDD+

Financial support for REDD+ projects to safeguard forests in developing countries is increasing with new countries pledging to get involved and existing donors stepping up their commitments, a World Bank official said.

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A day in the life of a REDD+ negotiator

Redd News Update: IndonesiaHe has over 1500 twitter followers and nearly 5000 Facebook friends and yet he is not your usual social media junkie or celebrity. Tony La Viña is a lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) facilitating the important issue of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

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"Forests cannot be sustained if people are hungry": future climate change negotiations likely to include agriculture

Agriculture will most likely be included in future negotiations on global warming, experts said at the U.N. climate change talks in Durban, which may help address one of the top drivers of deforestation amid a spike in demand for farmland.

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New CIFOR map gives first global overview of REDD+

CIFOR is putting REDD+ on the map with the launch of an interactive tool designed to give a global overview of how forest-rich countries are developing policies and projects aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation.

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'Carbon debt' created by some biofuels must be considered in sustainability debate, new study shows

Despite being heralded as a green alternative to fossil fuels, a new study by CIFOR has found that carbon emissions generated from land conversion for biodiesel production may take decades to hundreds of years to reverse in some cases, raising serious questions about biodiesel sustainability. This large variation is the result of the type of land converted and the productivity of the feedstock crop.

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Forest Day 5 experts: New wave of deforestation threatens Africa's climate resilience

A new wave of deforestation is sweeping across Africa decimating wildlife and threatening the resilience of its ecosystems to withstand the effects of climate change—especially in the area of food security, experts said at Forest Day 5.

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Global forest community commemorates the life and work of Wangari Mathaai

To commemorate and honour the life and work of Professor Wangari Maathai, Forest Day 5 opened with a short video about the Nobel Peace laureate who led an international movement for women's rights and environmental preservation before she died in September.

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