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E-News Issue 11 March 2009

ASB endorses call for US leadership on Forests and Climate Protection

The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins is endorsing a multi-sector Call for U.S. Leadership on Forests and Climate Protection [PDF]. The initiative is being led by Washington DC-based Avoided Deforestation Partners.

The call includes these recommendations

1. Take a global leadership role in combating deforestation. Protecting forests internationally should be part of a comprehensive U.S. climate policy that ensures and prioritizes substantial domestic reductions in emissions. Both in international agreements and domestically through its own laws, the United States must fashion and advance policAvoided Deforestation Partnersies that reflect the many benefits of conserving tropical forests.

2. Advance a diverse set of solutions including market and non-market based approaches. There is no silver bullet. The United States must pursue a full range of environmentally and socially sound policy instruments and incentives, including enhanced development assistance, improved forest governance and expanded use of both public- and private-sector carbon finance. All such approaches must protect the rights and interests of forestdependent communities, include prior informed consent and ensure equitable sharing of benefits.

3. Engage a wide range of stakeholders while crafting policies. Any effective approach to the challenge of deforestation must involve the broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders to develop sustainable, scalable and equitable solutions that scientists, developing nations, indigenous groups, local communities, civil society, and industry can support.

Visit the ASB Blog for the full letter of endorsement


Carbon market surges 84% in 2008

The value of the global carbon market surged 84 percent to $118 billion in 2008 despite the worldwide financial crisis, reports New Carbon Finance. average price across all transactions rose to $29 per ton of CO2 from $23. Voluntary markets, where most REDD or Avoided Deforestation credits are traded, grew to $499 million in 2008 from $265 million in 2007. 

Reducing Indonesia's Peatland Fires
Scientists at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) have been working with diverse stakeholders in Indonesia to develop and implement an early-warning system to prevent devastating peatland fires. The tool, developed by the IRI and its local partners, CARE Indonesia and the Institut Pertnaian Bogor, was adopted in August 2008 by the governor of Central Kalimantan, to determine fire risk for  controlled burning in the region.
Source: Climate and Society Institute Working to Reduce Peat Fires and Emissions in Indonesia

Intact African tropical forests increase their carbon storage
Scientists are finding that the potential for carbon storage increases in old-growth forests over time, and that increasing carbon storage in old-growth forests is a pan-tropical phenomenon. According to research led by Simon L. Lewis (University of Leeds), above-ground carbon storage in live trees in African tropical forests increased by 0.63 Mg C ha-1 yr-1 between 1968 and 2007. African trees sequestered more than 340 million tons of carbon each year since 1968, roughtly 1.25 billion tons of carbon dioxide gas.

Source: Nature 457, 1003-1006 (19 February 2009)

18 Million Dollars Approved Under UN-REDD Programme
The funding will support activities in  Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Viet Nam, to assist the countries to prepare for the inclusion of REDD in a new climate deal when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

Source: Press release March 2009 - 18 Million Dollars Approved Under UN-REDD Programme - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Activities vs. Land-based approaches to LULUCF
The latest UNFCCC note on Land use, Land use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) proposes two sets of choices are for the futureof LULUCF: an Activities-based approach and a Land-Based Approach. [Read more....]


REDD in Indonesia: options and challenges for fair and efficient payment distribution mechanisms
A new World Agroforestry Centre working paper by Meine van Noordwijk, Herry Purnomo, Leo Peskett and Bambang Setiono (ICRAF Southeast Asia). Options on how to make the most of REDD. [Read more...]

Climate Change Mitigation: Tapping the Potential of Agriculture 
by Alexander Mueller, Wendy Mann and Leslie Lipper (FAO) explores the significant potential of Agriculture to mitigate climate change. [Read more...]

REDD and AFOLU – some policy choices and practical issues
The Carbon Store, a private carbon trading and verification company, has released a paper that  takes a broad view of land-based carbon emissions [Read more...]

Little REDD Book en francais
The Global Canopy has just released a french version [PDF] of the Little REDD book.

Keeping the Amazon Forests Standing: A matter of values
A new study from WWF values the various ecosystem services in the Amazon to show that payments could help conserve the rainforest. [Read more...]

State of the World’s Forests 2009
The new FAO report focusses on how the dual challenges of economic turmoil and climate change are shaping the global forest management debate. [Read more...]

Opportunities and Events

Hiring: Climate Change Scientist - ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya
The World Agroforestry Centre seeks to recruit a world-class scientist to conduct research contributing to its Global Research Project (GRP) on Climate Change. Responsibilities include contributing to a tool box for carbon sequestration project design and guidelines for REDD/AFoLU that will benefit small farmers and local communities Please click here for full details.

Hiring: REDD Social-Economic Systems Modeller, Macaulay Institute, Scotland

A post is available in an interdisciplinary team working in a new EU Framework 7 project evaluating approaches to reduce net global greenhouse gas emissions through avoided deforestation in the tropics. This work is being done jointly with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins. The post will focus on evaluating mechanisms for ensuring national-level benefits are distributed equitably, effectively and sustainably to stakeholders at a range of levels. [Read more...]

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowships 2009
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 AWARD fellows. Fellowships are available to women agricultural scientists from:Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia [Read more...]

Securing a Place for Agriculture at the International Climate Change Negotiations - IFPRI 2020 Panel Discussion, 27 March 2009, Washington DC [Read more...]

Towards a rights-based agenda in international forestry? Berkeley, California 29 May 2009  [Read more...]

World Congress of Agroforestry Nairobi, Kenya 23-28 August 2009 [Read more...]

2009 World Forestry Congress Buenos Aires, Argentina 18-25 October 2009 [Read more...]
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