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Jul 3, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by  Louis Putzel, Scientist, Forests and Governance Programme REDD+ implementation was supposed to be “big, quick and cheap”. So far, it is not one big thing, but many smaller efforts designed and implemented by many different donors and agencies, a collection of programmes that are slow to design […]

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Jun 28, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by E Kahurani The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) participated in key events held alongside the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. See ICRAF event list here. At the agriculture and rural development day held under the theme the ‘land sharing or land sparing’ […]

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Connecting the idea of paying developing countries for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions with markets that demand sustainable products could be a step towards a new model of global development while reducing increasing pressures over access to land, says Daniel Nepstad of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute. The global demand for food is growing faster […]

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Over 120 African and Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists are meeting this month at regional workshops in Cameroon and Vietnam to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The workshops are hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Alternatives to […]

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By the BBC United Nations climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, have reached a deal to curb climate change, including a fund to help developing countries. Nations endorsed compromise texts drawn up by the Mexican hosts, despite objections from Bolivia. The draft documents say deeper cuts in carbon emissions are needed, but do not establish […]

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The world today faces one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050, in the face of climate change, economic and financial crises and growing competition for the use of natural resources. This challenge is even more crucial given that in the past decade, we have not […]

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Conserving natural ecosystems is one of the most cost-effective and equitable measures for fighting climate change and ensuring the resilience of rural livelihoods. This was a key message at the “Landscape approaches to mitigation and adaptation” learning event at Forest Day 3 on 13 December 2009. While Forest Day aimed to ensure forests are high […]

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These are selected news items discussing the outcomes of the United Nations climate change conference held at Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009. Hope and funding for saving forests around the world In the months leading up to the U.N. sponsored climate talks, there was one thing observers said with confidence: Any final outcome would establish […]

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Amidst worldwide concern over climate change largely blamed on emissions from fossil fuel, there is an appreciation of the role of trees in absorbing carbon dioxide from the air (carbon sequestration). Ongoing destruction of forests is, however, reducing the carbon sequestration services of trees and thereby accelerating climate change. Coffee trees provide income to farmers […]

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A number of themes and questions emerged from the Katoomba meeting. The following points are drawn from the various presentations by PES practitioners from Africa and globally PES markets are young and it is our responsibility as architects of PES concepts to build a new language and common understanding of PES REDD and carbon markets […]

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