A collection of articles featured in the media about science and policy developments on land use, livelihoods, and climate change in the tropical forest margins, featuring ASB research.

The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins has released a policy brief that describes efforts to reduce conflicts over who controls forests and forest margins.The brief, titled "Stewardship Agreements to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Indonesia," outlines the Hutan Desa regulation, which provides a framework for reconciling forest management targets and livelihood interests of forest edge villages within national forest. Read more

New analysis from Indonesia suggests that one-third of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation originate from areas not officially defined as ‘forest’. The research, summarized by the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins in a new policy brief...Read more

Most deforestation and forest degradation is driven by forces outside forests, so capturing emissions and managing carbon stocks from land uses that involve the whole landscape, not just forests, must be included for the successful implementation of REDD+, according to World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Read more

As the world convenes in Cancun, Mexico for yet another year of climate change discussions at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), the big question still remains: How can initiatives to reduce emissions work efficiently to produce desired outputs while at the same time equitably rewarding all those involved in the reduction process?  Read More


Recently published ICRAF policy brief noted that the emissions from changes in land use in Indonesia, which is the highest in the developing world, are as high outside as inside what is defined as a forest area. Yet, most REDD+ discussions so far have bypassed the trees on farms and the changes in agroforests. Read More