Getting ahead of climate changeAnnual Report 2018
Hailed as a quick, easy and cheap way to mitigate climate change by providing incentives to conserve tropical forests, REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks) emerged on the global scene 10 years ago as a beacon of hope, mobilizing huge commitment and resources worldwide.
Now people are asking, is it paying off?
CIFOR has long been recognized as a top source of robust evidence, clear analysis and practical tools for policy makers and practitioners working on climate change mitigation and adaptation. In 2018, CIFOR was once again listed in the ranks of leading climate change think tanks, and its scientists continued to fill the urgent need for clear science and analysis on climate change, energy and low-carbon development.
In Indonesia – an archipelago of over 14,000 islands, many of which source their electricity from diesel brought in by boat – the idea of growing energy locally is appealing. Bioenergy is seen as a potential route to energy security, better rural livelihoods and restoration of degraded lands.
From bamboo to mangroves, Vietnam’s diverse forests have taken a major hit: between 1943 and 1990, illegal logging, land-clearing and conflict destroyed vast areas of forest. Since then, the country has taken big steps to restore its forest cover through tree plantations, tenure reforms and allowing forests to regenerate naturally.