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Recognising the land rights
people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
But existing initiatives to tackle deforestation were poorly suited to deal with the issue, it ...
Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD
+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a ...
Panama's efforts to gain funding for standing forests roiled by indigenous opposition
There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD
+. Standing for Reducing ...
Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working.
For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical ...
José Maria Arara, Almir Surui, and Aureliano Córdoba all have three things in common: each is the leader of a traditional forest community of the Amazon; each lives in a country that nominally recognizes their rights
to their forests; and each ...
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local
land tenure rights
and laws worldwide, new data suggests.
In what researchers say is the most detailed ...
The bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus), is a species of great ape that has experienced a steep drop in population over the past two decades due to habitat loss and bushmeat hunting stemming from wars. Found only in the Democratic Republic ...
Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its ...
Latin America's parliaments have failed to protect the forests and to guarantee their sustainable use, despite the fact that a number of countries have laws on forests, legislators from the region said at a global summit in the Mexican ...
Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world's third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
Faced with the upcoming ...
Cameroon's government is due to introduce legal reforms by the end of the year to redress weaknesses in its two-decade-old forestry legislation. The new forest code will better protect rainforests and the rights
of indigenous communities that ...
India has unveiled a draft national policy to provide a roadmap for building comprehensive strategies for cutting carbon emissions from deforestation.Officials said the national policy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest ...
Taking forward an agreed framework of the 2013 Warsaw climate conference, India has come out with a draft national policy on 'reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation' (popularly known as REDD
+ initiative) which will enable ...
A Washington-based human rights
organization warns of an unprecedented “carbon grab” by governments and investors that will infringe upon the rights
of indigenous peoples in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. ...
Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights
in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities.
“We, forest peoples, ...
A new online tool, dubbed ForestDefender, aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights
in regard to forests. The database, developed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), brings together vast amounts of ...
Progress toward securing the land rights
of forest communities has slowed around the world, with some hard-won gains threatening to be rolled back in some countries even as others see advances, forest experts said this week.In Indonesia, ...
The Kenyan government has sent Kenya Forest Service guards, with police support, to Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills to forcibly and illegally evict thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their ...
As climate finance and “loss and damage” payments dominated the agenda at last November's United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, indigenous peoples’ groups fought to be heard.One of the most vocal and visible ...
A new agency to protect Indonesias rainforests is ready to begin work to implement a first of its kind environmental program.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed Presidential Regulation No. 62/2013 on August 31, 2013, entitled ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is ...
For centuries, indigenous communities in the Philippines have kept the country's rainforests safe from over-use, thanks to their deep and spiritual respect for nature's limits.
"Whatever the forests can give, that's only what they take,' ...
A recent study of two villages in Cameroon indicates that small farmers there are not far from having the capacity to make REDD
+ projects work in their communities.
As the links between agriculture and climate change are discussed at the ...
Investments in a U.N. plan to halt deforestation could suffer as U.N. climate talks in Warsaw have failed to agree rules to guarantee the rights
of indigenous peoples and to protect local
biodiversity, observers said.
The programme, ...