CIFOR to make 1,000 copies available free to foresters and academics
The 2010 International Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) opens today in Bali, Indonesia, amid growing concerns that the world is facing a biodiversity crisis on an unprecedented scale. Habitat destruction from agricultural expansion and climate change is likely to lead to the mass extinction of irreplaceable plant and animal species. This is reflected in theme of this year’s meeting: Tropical biodiversity: surviving the food, energy and climate crisis.
The Government of Norway’s pledge of up to US $1 billion in funds for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Indonesia will act as a major catalyst towards achieving carbon emissions reduction targets, Frances Seymour, the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said on Thursday.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (19 May 2010) Owners of larger tracts of land, thought to be responsible for 80 per cent of current deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, would benefit most financially if direct payments are used to curb climate emissions from forests, according to a new study by researchers with CIFOR (the Center for International Forestry Research) and their partners, recently published in the journal Ecological Economics.
As discussions continue post Copenhagen on the future of the world’s forests, a new report from one of the world’s leading forestry research centres says that if proposed REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) schemes are to succeed it is essential to address corruption, build financial management capacity and create transparent mechanisms for financial transfers.