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Adopt context specific solutions to deforestation, UN climate meeting told

By Josephine Njoroge, edited by Elizabeth Kahurani

Ahead of tomorrow`s Forest Day 6 discussion forum on drivers of deforestation hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Dr Peter Minang’, a Senior Scientist and Global Coordinator of the ASB Partnership  said that causes of deforestation are unique to regions and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to ending the problem. “For instance, in Latin America, forests are lost due to establishment of cattle ranches while in Africa, smallholder farmers continue to engage in shifting cultivation. There is also a widespread trend to establish vast industrial plantations for oil palms in Asia and in other parts of the world,” Peter explained with caution that history is a poor predictor of future drivers of deforestation.

Challenges and Prospects for REDD+ in Africa

Done right, REDD+ can bring some attractive benefits to developing countries, including finances that can be applied to various areas of development.

According to Dr. Cheikh Mbow, however, poorly implemented REDD+ initiatives could negatively impact the livelihoods of the very communities it was designed to benefit, particularly rural people who depend on forest resources. Mbow is a senior climate change scientist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and lead author of the recent new report titled ‘Challenges and Prospects for REDD+ in Africa: Desk Review Of REDD+ Implementation in Africa.” The report sought to synthesize the ever-growing number of REDD+ activities under implementation in Africa, including the actors, objectives, means of execution, and outcomes.

“Within the African context, a range of deforestation pressures, financial resources, technical capacity and a diverse array of interest groups present challenges to REDD+ implementation,” he adds. Read more

Drawing from country experiences to design REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems

A key determinant of REDD+ success will be the continued development and implementation of safeguards. An important element of REDD+ safeguards is systems for providing information on how safeguards are addressed and respected.

REDD performance should focus on sustained investment

Future progress in REDD+ will require supporting nation states to develop and carry out legal and policy reforms that lead to long term and sustainable land use and improvements in governance, leading to improved management, use and conservation of forest land.

Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years

Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009, according to a new paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. The main reasons being that local people clear forests for agriculture, grazing land, and for charcoal to burn.

Learning from farmers in Southwest Cameroon

By Elizabeth Kahurani

A characteristic of the ASB Partnership project meetings is a field trip that helps to combine the sharing of ideas and presentations in the meeting room with a field tour to expose participants to practical action on the ground in the different REALU sites.

During this year’s REALU (Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses) project planning meeting held in Douala, Cameroon, the field trip involved a visit to cocoa and rubber farmers in Muyuka; as well as a tree nursery initiative supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the seaside city of Limbe, Southwest Cameroon. 

‘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.

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