REDD+

‘Policies need to explore forest value beyond the wood’ -IUFRO-FORNESSA congress media briefing

As part of publicity activities to mark the first regional congress of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), a media briefing organized in collaboration with the Kenya's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya Forest Service, African Forest Forum and ICRAF was held on

Landscape approach discussions at Rio +20

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) participated in key events held alongside the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. See ICRAF event list here.

Collaboration towards development of Kenya’s climate strategy

By Scott McFatridge

ASB Partnership, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) together with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) are working  in collaboration with the Kenya Government in developing a section on climate change mitigation for the country’s national climate change response strategy. 

Submissions to the UNFCCC - Reference Emission Levels (REL)

REDD+ is a mechanism that aims to reward developing countries that avoid deforestation and/or implement activities that sequester carbon.

The World Agroforestry Centre at Rio+ 20

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) supports Rio+20’s focus on sustainable development and hopes the conference will establish a sound development basis for the rest of the 21st Century by adopting as a guide, strategies agreed upon at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), agreements from World Summit on adopting Sustainable Development (WSSD) an

Experts explore private sector potential in REDD+

By Elizabeth Kahurani

Funding is a major concern in the implementation of activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) especially because what governments can commit is only a fraction of the required amount.  According to UNEP, an investment of approximately USD17-40 billion per year is needed to start the process (UNEP FI, 2011) and cumulatively, pledged public funds stand at an estimated USD 5 billion. No doubt other sources of funding will be critical to meeting the huge gap and efforts are increasingly looking to the role of the private sector.

ASB’s Partnership contribution to global climate talks

By Elizabeth Kahurani

Little can be said about progress made on the REDD+ agenda during the Bonn UNFCCC Climate Conference in June. The meeting ended without agreement on REDD+ financing while discussions on technical issues regarding safeguards and drivers of deforestation were postponed to the 18th conference of the parties meeting in Doha. The stalement on financing arose from disagreement by parties on whether to include the private sector or rely on public funds in the implementation of REDD+.

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