Parting Shot: Dennis Garrity, former ASB chair talks about the impact of the partnership

By Elizabeth Kahurani

Having been there since the inception of ASB Partnership in 1995, Dr Dennis Garrity took some time to give us his reflection on the impact of the partnership over the years and his best highlight moment as the chair. Read excerpts from his interview below and view the entire interview here

Conservation that promotes a green economy

Elizabeth Kahurani (Nairobi) - As countries like Indonesia consider strategies for a policy to implement the REDD+ mechanism, evidence is increasingly pointing to the need for an all-inclusive approach as opposed to establishing and exclusively focusing on protected areas.  In a recent study, ASB Partnership scientists looked at opportunities for a green economy and

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).

Integrating agriculture and forestry in the landscape is key to reducing carbon emissions

A multifunctional approach to REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) will be far more effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing food production than the practice of intensifying agriculture and sparing forests. Read more

Reflecting on the science –policy interface work of the ASB Partnership

There is broad agreement that science could enable better decision-making for sustainable development. Yet, very often important policy decisions are made without any consideration for scientific evidence.

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.

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