The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and partners have launched an innovative project to enhance sustainable management of community forests in Cameroon. The five-year project is known as DRYAD and is funded by DFID. It is being implemented in collaboration with TMP systems as well as NGOs and Community forest enterprises in Cameroon.
Cameroon has in recent years made commendable effort in the provision of community forestry management as a way to conserve forests. However, the potential for this approach is hampered by a lack of financial resources, technical and technological skills.
Land use planning processes in Peru over the last several years – based on the contribution of Ecological and Economic Zoning (ZEE) – have provided a space for the development and analysis of up-to-date information, and for inter-institutional dialogue together with civil society. In this context, the Regional Environmental Authority of the Regional Government of Ucayali in Peru is interested in investing in integrated territorial planning that considers economic and social aspects as well as climate change mitigation. The planning would be based on a better understanding of alternative development scenarios and their direct implications on greenhouse gas emissions and availability of water resources.
In what can be considered as a feat for most developing nations, the new climate agreement adopted in Paris has elevated adaptation to a level comparable to mitigation in efforts to cope and deal with climate change.
Article 7 of the new text acknowledges adaptation as a global goal essential to sustainable development and calls for “international cooperation on adaptation efforts and the importance of taking into account the needs of developing country Parties, especially those that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.”
At the Global Landscapes Forum held in Paris Dec 2015, Dr Peter Minang of the World Agroforestry Centre was one of the speakers at the Nature and Climate Change pavilion in a session that discussed what it takes for climate smart landscapes to create impact at scale.
Minang presented findings of a study that worked out four 30-year development and emission reduction scenarios in Efoulan Municipality, South Cameroon. The area was important for this study as it covers 83000 hectares of tropical humid forest zone most of which is targeted for a government rural development plan through cocoa farms extension.
Indonesia is one of the countries where World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has had significant success in using research evidence and tools to influence government policy and implementation. For instance, the institution developed a land use planning strategy tool called LUWES that is currently being used in all provinces across Indonesia. The provinces use the LUWES tool to estimate their contribution in achieving Indonesia’s national overall target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 26% below 2020 projections in addition to a 15% reduction with multilateral support.
In an article published following the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, Dr Peter Minang explains that tenure arrangements may help to quicken the pace for REDD+ implementation especially in countries like Cameroon where establsihing land tenure is a difficult and complex process.