REDD+

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+.

CGIAR call for action at RIO+20

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods and jobs for 40 per cent of today’s global population. Moreover, as a human enterprise, it reflects the single largest use of land of any sector. In developing countries, smallholder farms provide up to 80 per cent of the food supply.

Evergreen agriculture can boost Phillipines reforestation program

In an article published by Business World, Jose Rene C.

PRESA’s work informs Kenya’s policy on water

By Elizabeth Kahurani

PRESA’s work on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) at the Sasumua watershed in Kenya has resulted in the inclusion of PES as an effective water resource management mechanism within key government policy on water.

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