Decisions by women can lead to more changes in land use because of their willingness to accept offers from outsiders. To avoid deforestation, the value of natural ecosystems needs to be instilled
By Tess Beyer
Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of greenhouse gas, with 85% of its emissions coming from the destruction of natural forests, the main driver of which in the 21st century is industrial-scale, export-oriented agriculture, such as palm-oil producing monocultures.
REDD is globally supported as a cost-effective mitigation option for developing countries to achieve mitigation and sustainable socioeconomic development. But is REDD pro-poor simply because it targets developing countries? A recent study seeking to answer this question was recently published in Applied Geography under the authorship of Joanes Atela and Peter Minang both of ASB-Partnerships for the Tropical forest Margin. The study draws evidence from Kenya to show how vulnerability linked to poverty, influences the spatial choices of REDD project investors and analyses the factors that might influence the ability of communities to access REDD investments.
Due to firewood scarcity in Ethiopia, rural farmers use cattle dung as an energy source. In a recent study published in Energy for Sustainable development, scientists with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins explore the impacts of fuel usage patterns of a community living next to the Menagesha Suba state forest, Ethiopia and the implications for food crop production, forest regeneration and community level emission reduction potential.
Tremendous growth in REDD+ pilot and demonstration projects has been observed following the Bali Action Plan and Cancun agreements. The question is, how can lessons from such projects be used to enhance national-level REDD+ Readiness processes?
A lot of research and development deals with different aspects of reducing emissions from forest degradation and deforestation (REDD+). But how can we really get change on the ground? Last week collaborators of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins presented an approach to low emissions development planning to the Directorate of Land Use Planning and the National Forest Conservation Program, Programa Bosques, of the Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) in a three days demonstration workshop.