Just how can we avoid deforestation?

By Elizabeth Kahurani

According to scientists from the ASB Partnership, single, stand alone approaches will not find sufficient solutions. Not especially if the focus is on forests alone and agriculture, the main driver of deforestation, is not in the picture.  

Synergy of REDD+ and Indonesia’s land-based NAMA commitment provides model

Indonesia now has a presidential decree on land-based NAMA, which converges to REALU (reducing emissions across all land uses), combining REDD+, peatland emission reduction, restocking of above- and-below ground carbon pool

Indonesia stands to gain more from forests than from palm oil

Conserving key rainforests in Indonesia could generate revenues three times greater than felling them for palm oil plantations, cites a new report requested by the Republic of Indonesia, from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), under its Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP).

Fuzzy forest framing favours fallacies

"Perhaps the International Year of Forests can help decision makers to focus on various meanings of ‘forest’, and the trade-offs each type entails".

By Meine van Noordwijk

Lessons from forest adding countries compliment research evidence in developing countries

Common success factors for the countries studied were high level government support, forest governance reforms that addressed challenges in transparency and accountability as well as resolving the issue of secure tenure rights that facilitate community ownership.

Agriculture, Forests and Rights are key ingredients to reducing emissions

The type of agriculture practiced around a forest area, type of land users and the long-term agricultural drivers of land use change should inform an effective REDD design.

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