REDD+, a decade fighting forest degradation

23 May 2022

What is REDD+?   REDD+ is a framework created by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) to guide activities in the forest sector aiming to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as the sustainable management of forests and the conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. National governments […]

Connecting Space to Village: Geospatial Information for Improved Environmental Decision-Making

15 Oct 2021

In this session, SERVIR-Amazonia and Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) explore how advancements in geospatial and Earth Observation technology are enhancing forest monitoring, disaster forecasting and evidence-based decision-making in the Amazon biome. Drawing on novel innovations in remote sensing and satellite imagery, panelists discuss pathways towards effectively connecting […]

The Geopolitics of Zero Deforestation: Connecting the Demand and Supply Sides of the Story

24 Sep 2021

Consumer countries such as the EU, USA and China have begun to look at their footprint from imported deforestation. Several initiatives are being implemented or debated that address globally traded soft commodities from the Amazon, including timber, soy, beef, cocoa and coffee. These include import and other regulatory approaches, as well as a plethora of […]

Monitoring the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – Launch of the Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) and Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP)

25 Jun 2021

Technology and innovation for restoration monitoring is rapidly advancing thanks to developments in geospatial technology and imagery. If deployed effectively, these technical solutions for restoration planning and monitoring can significantly scale up action on the ground and contribute to meeting the ambitious targets of the restoration, biodiversity and climate agendas. This session highlights key solutions […]

Satellite Monitoring for Forest Management

25 Jun 2021

Despite covering 2.7 million square kilometres and representing a globally important carbon stock, Africa’s tropical dry forests are subject to some of the highest rates of deforestation and degradation in the world. These ecosystems are particularly at risk due to their fragility, as well as the high and increasing demand for forest goods and services, […]

Why Track Restoration Progress in Africa’s Drylands? Back to Basics

24 Jun 2021

Despite pivotal advancements in satellite-based remote sensing, restoration monitoring in Africa’s drylands remains a significant challenge – particularly in sparsely vegetated areas, and those where restoration doesn’t involve trees. This session hands the floor to the experts, leaders and innovators who are actively restoring and monitoring Africa’s drylands. Panellists share stories from the field to […]

“Restoring the Earth: the next decade” – latest Unasylva journal edition release

16 Nov 2020

The 252nd edition of international forestry journal Unasylva, “Restoring the Earth: the next decade”, is devoted to building momentum for the restoration agenda to 2030, particularly in light of the opportunities presented by major restoration commitments such as the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, AFR100, Initiative 20×20 and the UN Decade on […]

The power of data in protecting Central Africa’s biodiversity

13 Nov 2020

HOST: Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) Since 2007, the Central African Forest Observatory (OFAC) has been working to create information networks, establish analytical and communication tools, and produce flagship regional publications  on the state of Central Africa’s forests. This session provides an interactive overview of the different tools available for policymakers, researchers, NGOs, donors, private […]

How does the language we use affect our treatment of the planet?

13 Nov 2020

Words shape how we feel, how we act, how we perceive the world. “Change” and “emergency” resonate in profoundly different ways when attached to the word “climate”. When is alarmist language helpful, and for how long can alarmist language retain its urgency? How do the ways we frame nature affect the degree to which we […]

Is the global media helping or hurting the fight against climate change?

13 Nov 2020

Journalism, the fourth pillar of democracy. Turning, crinkling, scrolling, pressing play. A place for discourse, for common understanding. A place for informing, for revealing. For accountability. For provoking change. Is it doing this now, for the climate? Is journalism helping our planet? Is it using the right words, telling the right facts, reaching its intended […]