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CIFOR Infobrief no. 77

Operationalizing REDD+ Safeguards: Challenges and opportunities

Results-based financing of REDD+ is conditional on the implementation of national Safeguard Information Systems (SIS) to address social and environmental criteria that go beyond carbon. The briefs in this packet discuss the challenges of operationalizing safeguards from various perspectives – governance, benefit sharing, tenure, gender, biodiversity, technical monitoring – and highlight opportunities and strategies for dealing with these challenges. (Brief, 2 pages)

2014 Global Landscapes Forum Final Report

The 2014 Global Landscapes Forum, convened on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, 6-7 December 2014, brought together more than 1,700 participants to discuss the role of landscapes in climate and development policy. The event highlights in numbers were

  • Participant Survey: 96% of participants plan to share, research or apply the new knowledge they gained
  • Social Media: 6.7 million people potentially reached on Twitter
  • Videos: Viewed 9,449 times on YouTube (compared to 6,599 in 2013)
  • High-level participants: 14 Ministers and Vice Ministers, 6 governors and regional leaders actively involved in event
  • Carbon-neutral event: 247 tons of CO2 offset through investment into a Colombian watershed

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Addressing climate change: Why biodiversity matters

This policy brief describes the interconnections between climate change and biodiversity. It highlights the importance of considering biodiversity within climate change policies, programmes and projects, and presents potential opportunities for doing so.

REDD+ politics in the media: A case study from Peru

This study assessed the media coverage of the REDD+ mechanism in Peru’’s national and subnational newspapers to better understand the messages reaching Peruvian readers. At the national level, only 33 articles in eight national newspapers covered REDD+. (Working paper, 54 pages)

The impacts of artisanal gold mining on local livelihoods and the environment in the forested areas of Cameroon

This study assesses the impact of artisanal gold mining in the Ngoyla-Mintom Forest Massif (NMFM) on local livelihoods and the environment. (Working paper, 54 pages)

Oil palm estate development and its impact on forests and local communities in West Papua: A case study on the Prafi Plain

This paper analyses the environmental, socioeconomic and cultural impacts of oil palm development in the Prafi Plain of Manokwari District in West Papua Province. The research found benefits such as infrastructure development, higher incomes for local stakeholders and negative consequences from conflicts between immigrant workers and the local population. (Working Paper, 30 pages)

Zambia country profile: Monitoring, reporting and verification for REDD+

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the national REDD+ strategy and institutional capacity for MRV of REDD+ as well as the current state of knowledge of various elements critical to MRV of REDD+ in Zambia including: Current drivers and rates of deforestation and forest degradation; a review of standing biomass, forest growth rates and carbon stock estimates; and data sets available for MRV in Zambia. (Occasional paper, 48 pages)

Palms of controversies: Oil palm and development challenges

In the present book the authors – a biologist and an agricultural economist- describe a global and complex tropical sector, for which the interests of the many different stakeholders are often antagonistic. (Book, 69 pages)

The context of deforestation and forest degradation in Bolivia: Drivers, agents and institutions

This analysis suggests that there is still a lack of concrete approaches to mitigate the direct threats to forests; moreover, the control of illegal deforestation is still insufficient. We also note that in parallel to policies of nature conservation, there is a contradicting political agenda being implemented promoting the expansion of the agricultural frontier. (Occasional paper, 92 pages)