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E-News Issue 10 January 2009

What's Crucial for REDD Success ?

ASB presents suggestions for Parties and accredited observers on methodology, indigenous peoples and local communities

2009 will be a year of consultation and negotiation leading to decision on the way that Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) will be handled in post-2012 international climate agreements. ASB is committed to providing objective technical information to support productive consultations and policy processes.  ASB’s perspective is distinct:  whole landscape, agricultural, bottom-up, pan-tropical, pro-poor, and multi-stakeholder. 

Visit the ASB Blog to read the 6 suggestions related to capacity building, methodology and local people.

We invite you to share your views and engage in the debate by leaving comments.


ASB in the News!

ASB and the World Agroforestry Centre have received significant media coverage for our work on REDD Strategies for High Carbon Development, including stories and interviews in, Bloomberg, the East African, and BBC Radio. Click to access the archive.

ASB Presentations from Poznań

ASB's Peter Akong MinangOn 5 December, ICRAF, ASB and partners held a side event to the UNFCCC climate changeconference on REDD Strategies for High Carbon Rural Development. The presentations from this event are now available for download.

On 6 December, ASB and its partners participated in Forest Day 2, convened by CIFOR and held alongside the UNFCCC 14th Conference of Parties in Poznan, Poland. The presentations from our side event, Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits: bottom-up approaches to measurement and policy change, can be downloaded here.

Where the Rubber Meets the Garden

In China's southwestern Yunnan province, the rapid spread of economically lucrative rubber plantations has caused severe land use change and environmental degradation. It is becoming clear that economic development must integrate ecosystem concerns in a way that benefits poor farmers and also generates broad societal benefits. The World Agroforestry Centre's Making Mekong Connective initiative is one of many projects to address conservation in the context of rural poverty in the region. Read more

COMESA Program on Climate Change

The Secretariat for the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Government of Norway have signed a grant agreement in which Norway will grant COMESA US$2.5 million for the implementation of the Climate Change programme for the 2009 work program. Read more

Obama’s climate change appointments bode well for tropical forests

The best news for the future of REDD was not made at COP14 in Poznan, rather it was made in Washington and Boston. As a Harvard Professor, Director of the Woods Hole Research Centre, Past President of the AAAS, and energy policy advisor to the Clinton Administration, John Holdgren is remarkably well placed to lead US climate policy from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. This should prove to be especially good news for the REDD and AFOLU agendas. John Holdgren understands climate change, he understands deforestation, he understands energy, and, most importantly, he understands how to connect science with policy. Read More

Why Tropical Forests Fall - Radio segment

Dennis Garrity and Professor Wangari Maathai are featured prominently in this issue of Living on Earth. Their message shows the vital importance of the ASB agenda, especially the need to address the underlying causes of deforestation.
Listen on Real Player | Download mp3 | Read the transcript

Publications and Online Resources

Swiddens in transition: shifted perceptions on shifting cultivators in Indonesia

ASB Partners in Southeast Asia have released a new paper on the role of swidden agriculture in Indonesia for carbon stocks, food security and ecosystem services. Download the full report

Foundations for Effectiveness: A framework for ensuring effective climate change mitigation and adaptation in forest areas while ensuring human rights and development

This policy brief aims to provide negotiators, their governments and inter-governmental organizations a clear framework for action to ensure that responses to climate change do not undermine national social and economic development. Download the full report

Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, options and implications

A new report by The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) reviews the challenges facing REDD and makes policy recommendations to make the mechanism more agreeable to climate negotiators. Download the full report

A Spatiotemporal Model of Shifting Cultivation and Forest Cover Dynamics

This paper describes a spatiotemporal model of resource extraction adapted to the use of forest resources by shifting cultivators. by Brown, Douglas R, 2008. Environment and Development Economics 13(5):643-671 . Link to journal

WorldWatch State of the World 2009

This year's report features a chapter called Farming and Land Use to Cool the Planet by Sara J. Scherr and Sajal Sthapit (Ecoagriculture Partners). The authors make the case for the needed transition to carbon-absorbing forestry and food production systems. See more

Publications and Online Resources

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