REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation): Mitigation, Adaptation and the Resilience of Local LivelihoodsBy Ibarra Gené, Enrique, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Nanyang Technological University(Singapore), 2010/11 | This paper discusses the policy and implementation context of the REDD demonstration activity in Ulu Masen in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. It is argued that the slow endorsement of the demonstration activity by the Indonesian government may be due to mistiming in relation to the regulations on REDD projects and to diverging interpretations of the law that grants special status to the province of Aceh on the management of forests. In spite of a number of measures designed to curb legal and illegal logging and improve local livelihoods, the project faces challenges such as effectively reducing the demand for timber for reconstruction purposes in Aceh. If the demand for timber continues unabated, it is likely that leakage (the possibility that the attempt to reduce emissions in Ulu Masen may lead to increased emissions elsewhere) will become a problem.
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16 November 2010
ved. They provide some of the biggest opportunities for outdoor recreation in the UK. Every year, millions of walkers, cyclists and horse-riders enjoy them. For many, they are unrivalled as an accessible way to get fresh air and enjoy nature, well-served with accessible trails and visitor centres. It’s not surprising that government plans to sell off these national treasures are generating widespread dismay and alarm.
17 November 2010
New CDKN Policy Brief: Can REDD+ support climate compatible development?
CDKN, 17 November 2010 | In this latest CDKN policy brief, Leo Peskett argues that reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) plays a vital part in global efforts to tackle climate change. This has generated interest among the international community and as a result, new policies have emerged in which significant international finance is being provided to developing countries in order to implement REDD+. This policy brief outlines how these processes work and looks at whether these financial flows offer new opportunities to support climate compatible development. The message is that there could be new opportunities, although these require considerable investment in institutions to manage forests and sufficient time. REDD+ could also introduce new risks, especially for forest dependent peoples, so any new policies need to be designed with this in mind to ensure that they are effective and equitable.
No Time for Crisis in Climate Change Confidence
IUCN press release, 17 November 2010 | Two weeks ahead of the UN climate summit in Cancun, IUCN calls on policy-makers to restore confidence in the negotiation process, increase climate funding and ensure that natural solutions are part of a post-2012 regime. Adaptation, finance and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) are some of the key issues on the table of the 194-nation talks, starting at the end of November… Governments need to reach an agreement on REDD plus in order to keep forests standing and healthy. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time conserving forest natural resources on which millions of vulnerable people depend, is a win-win solution for people and nature,” says Carole Saint-Laurent, IUCN’s Senior Forest Policy Adviser .“It has been one of the most promising developments in the negotiations so far, and now it is time for a further push by governments to make REDD plus an integral part of the future climate deal.”
TFG Briefing Note on Proposed AB 32 REDD regulations
Tropical Forest Group, 17 November 2010 | TFG has produced a short 1-page briefing note on the key highlights contained in the recently proposed AB 32 rules. We will link to a pdf version shortly, but for now here is everything that fits on one page about the recently proposed regulations… In October 2010, the California Air Resource Board (ARB) released draft regulations to implement AB 32, California’s global warming law. ARB will vote on these regulations on December 16, 2010. The proposed regulations and accompanying staff report bolster prospects for up to 74 million tons (CO2 equivalent) in compliant demand for emission reductions from reducing deforestation in developing countries (REDD). The proposed regulations are the largest, most advanced global outlet for compliance REDD credits from nested projects or jurisdictional policies.
Two Birds, One Stone: Forest Protection Safeguards Climate and Biodiversity
By Molly Bergen, Conservation International Blog, 17 November 2010 | In a recent op-ed in the Jakarta Post – co-authored by CI’s Dr. Celia Harvey, Dr. Jonah Busch and Muhammad Farid – the scientists examine the potential of REDD+ … to tackle both problems simultaneously. By providing monetary incentives for developing countries to halt or prevent the destruction of their forests, REDD+ can help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve crucial species habitats while sustaining economic growth. The authors stress the importance of local participation in REDD+ implementation. “If local communities and stakeholders are well-informed and supportive of efforts to reduce deforestation and degradation and actively involved in decision-making and implementation of REDD+, it is more likely that forests will be conserved over the long term…”
Greenpeace Co-Founder and Former Leader Commends Asia Pulp & Paper’s Commitment to Sustainability, Social Programs and the EnvironmentGreenspirit Strategies press release, 17 November 2010 | Greenspirit Strategies, the global environmental and sustainability consulting organization led by the co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace, released today its assessment of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) following an intensive two-week on-the-ground analysis of the company’s Indonesian operations. Greenspirit Strategies’ findings, according to Dr. Patrick Moore, were a surprisingly comprehensive and innovative approach to sustainable forest management that achieves a unique balance of social, environmental and economic priorities that address the true root issue of deforestation, poverty in the rainforest.
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19 November 2010
REDD+ Failing: Continued Corrupt Logging of Ancient Primary Rainforests with Forest Carbon Funding NO Climate SolutionRainforest Portal, 19 November 2010 | Old natural forest ecosystems are key to sustaining climate, ecosystems, biodiversity, humanity and the Earth System – and their logging must be excluded from international forest carbon funding. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – the international program to pay for protection of old rainforests as a climate change solution – has been corrupted to include first time industrial primary rainforest logging for “sustainable” timbers and agriculture plantations. Unless REDD drops the plus and focuses funding upon ending industrial primary forest destruction while addressing systematic corruption in tropical rainforest destruction, the REDD program is no longer worthy of support by ecological forest activists.
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