Drought has gripped Brazil’s largest city—and a growing body of evidence shows that deforestation is partly to blame. CIFOR expert Lou Verchot explains what the science says—and what policymakers can do.

REDD+ and climate change

Protected areas just got more valuable

Africa’s protected areas are troves of biodiversity—and they store more than a tenth of the continent’s carbon, a new study reports. This finding raises hopes for including more protected areas in forest-carbon initiatives—and raises the stakes for guarding them from degradation.

  • CARBON CATASTROPHE: Nearly 3,000 years’ worth of carbon accumulated in Indonesia’s peat forests could be emitted by 2100 if deforestation trends continue, a new study finds.

CIFOR’s recent book “REDD+ on the Ground” detailed the challenges of forest-carbon initiatives around the tropics. A new series of reports takes a closer look at the triumphs and troubles of REDD+ projects, through the eyes of proponents.

What good is a seat at the table if the meeting is in a language you don’t speak? Formalizing indigenous peoples’ participation in land-use decisions does not ensure that they can defend their interests against powerful actors, a new study finds.

An innovative new model has mapped the potential sustainability of bushmeat hunting across the Congo Basin, showing where resilient species may thrive—and where others are at risk of extinction from overhunting.

Global Landscapes Forum, 5-6 December 2015

Start looking ahead to Paris

2015 could be a turning point for climate and landscapes: Make sure you’re part of it. The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum will be at one of Paris’ largest venues, with plenty of space for networking and opportunities to engage. Visit landscapes.org for updates.

Our global call for the most important research questions on forests and landscapes drew more than 2,500 questions from 104 countries. We’ve finally narrowed them to just 20. Find out how we did it—and where we go from here.

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Bushmeat in the tri-frontier region of Brazil, Peru and Colombia: Demise or persistence?

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES): Assessment of PES Potential in Seram Island

Civil society organizations' roles in land-use planning and community land rights issues in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

A review of Kenya's national policies relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation: Insights from Mount Elgon

Implementing REDD+ and adaptation to climate change in the Congo Basin: Review of projects, initiatives and opportunities for synergies

The impacts of oil palm plantations on forests and people in Papua: A case study from Boven Digoel District


Upcoming events

REDD+ Finance Mechanism and Its Optimum Use – How to incentivize forest conservation
3 – 4 February 2015, Tokyo, Japan

15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
5 – 7 February 2015, New Delhi, India

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture
9 – 10 March 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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