There is little confusion about what would be globally appropriate mitigation actions (GAMA) to keep the warming of our planet in the range of 2 degrees Celsius. Beyond that level of warming planetary feedbacks may kick in, such as changes in oceanic circulation, which are hard to control. There is also little uncertainty in most places, what locally appropriate adaptation and mitigation actions (LAAMA) could look like, to ensure that sustainable development progresses and/or remains in reach. Often such options will include forests, trees and agroforestry. The specifics will be highly context dependent, with external financial co-investment crucial in the poorest (least developed) countries. But, between this GAMA and the many LAAMA’s there’s a gaping hole.
The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins just released a new policy brief – in both Spanish and English – on land-use planning for low-emissions development in the Peruvian Amazon Department of Ucayali. The policy brief describes lessons learned from a recent initiative of the Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) project. Partner organizations involved in the REDD Mesa Ucayali, a committee of institutions interested in advancing programs to reduce emissions, carried out an exercise to evaluate land-use change, associated carbon stocks, and the cost and benefits of emissions in the context of livelihoods.
Biodiversity encompasses all forms of life, and it is thus nearly impossible to measure. Most of the time we have to rely on “proxies”, or correlates, such as the presence of trees – with the expectation that the larger and more diverse the trees are, the higher the diversity of other forms of life will be. Natural rain forest is the most diverse ecosystem on land, only rivaled by its marine counterpart in the coral reef.
Sometimes, how we say something may be as important as what we say. With regard to climate change, how we say it is often perceived as affecting people far from us in both time and space. A new article published in The Conversation explains how reconceptualising climate change as a health issue may allow for both better understanding of and greater scope for changing behaviour. Read more
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science presents scenarios where Indonesia could have earned$5 billion in revenue and avoided 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions between 2000 and 2005 had a reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) program been in place. Read more