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Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea ‘gold’

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea ‘gold’

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species in Cassou village, Burkina Faso. Michael Balinga, a landscape ecologist with CIFOR, said around 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of the Cassou forest have become highly degraded due to demand for farm land and fuel wood.


Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold”

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold”

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species in Cassou village, Burkina Faso. Michael Balinga, a landscape ecologist with CIFOR, said around 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of the Cassou forest have become highly degraded due to demand for farm land and fuel wood.


Satellite images show deforestation on fringes of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cameroon

Satellite images show deforestation on fringes of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cameroon

In its push to become a middle-income country in the next two decades, Cameroon has courted investments in its vast natural resource wealth in the form of mining, logging and large-scale agriculture. Satellite images obtained show deforestation of more than 3,100 hectares between 2011 and 2014 on the periphery of the Dja Faunal Reserve. CIFOR’s investigation of the Sud Hevea Cameroun plantation uncovered worries on the part of UNESCO inspectors, who called the development “a new, serious and specific hazard” to the Dja Faunal Reserve. The UNESCO inspection team reported that they tried to visit the site, but they were refused access for security reasons.


Indonesia Comes Up Short in $1 Billion Bid to Save Forests

Indonesia Comes Up Short in $1 Billion Bid to Save Forests

Indonesia forest moratorium is renewed, but progress in saving trees and slowing carbon emissions has been slow. The moratorium, never intended as a comprehensive solution to the problem, hasn’t rolled back deforestation since it was implemented in 2011 under a deal with Norway, which promised to pay $1 billion if Indonesia took action to protect its dwindling forests. Norway had better luck with a similar fund to help the world’s top forest economy, Brazil, reduce its deforestation rate, which fell 76% between 2004 and 2012. But Brazil was already on its way to doing so before Norway offered funding, forestry researchers say. “Norway helped them accelerate what they were already undertaking,” said Louis Verchot, director of forests and environment research at the Center for International Forestry Research, an environmental-research center with headquarters in Indonesia.


Indonesia’s Biofuels Push

Indonesia’s Biofuels Push

Indonesia regulation on biofuels subsidies are only the latest in what has become a vast system of aid for palm oil. These subsidies have the effect of distorting the market by making it easier to plant palm oil and destroy forests. “There is increasingly more pressure from environmental groups in sensitive markets, which is pressuring companies,” said Krystof Obidzinski, a palm oil expert with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research. “Some of these markers are becoming uncertain for CPO.”


Corruption and REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Corruption and REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Samuel Assembe-Mvondo, a climate policy scientist with CIFOR notes that, “A large amount of work has been done to try to mitigate corruption in REDD+, but risks remain.” His study found four types of corruption related to REDD implementation in DRC (outlined in detail below).


Indonesia’s Biofuel Subsidies May Speed Up Forest Loss

Indonesia’s Biofuel Subsidies May Speed Up Forest Loss

Planned biofuel subsidies are expected to expand palm oil plantations in Indonesia, to the detriment of the country’s forests. According to Krystof Obidzinski, a scientist with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research, the goal of rapidly expanding biofuels and subsequently, palm oil, is what he finds troubling.


Hasil INCAS Akan Dibawa ke COP 21 Paris

Hasil INCAS Akan Dibawa ke COP 21 Paris

INCAS atau Sistem Penghitungan Karbon Nasional Indonesia menjadi dasar sistem Pengukuran, Pelaporan dan Verifikasi (MRV) negara untuk sektor lahan, yang diperlukan negara di bawah Kesepakatan Kerangka Kerja Perubahan Iklim PBB (UNFCCC). Tom Harvey, Manajer Program INCAS dari Pusat Penelitian Kehutanan Internasional (CIFOR) menyebutkan INCAS dirancang sebagai wahana tunggal nasional, “artinya sumber daya ini dapat digunakan sebagai satu sistem tersentralisasi yang menghasilkan dugaan GRK untuk semua kebutuhan pelaporan emisi Indonesia, bukan untuk kebutuhan mengembangkan dan mengoperasikan beberapa sistem individual berbeda,” sebutnya.



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