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Large corporate profits driving deforestation

The main drivers of deforestation worldwide are no longer subsistence-level farmers trying to put food on their tables, but corporations, converting massive tracts of land for industrial agriculture. This offers a rare opportunity for conservation through environmentalists and consumer pressure.

REDD performance should focus on sustained investment

Future progress in REDD+ will require supporting nation states to develop and carry out legal and policy reforms that lead to long term and sustainable land use and improvements in governance, leading to improved management, use and conservation of forest land.

Efficient, Effective and Equitable REDD+

Realising REDD+: National Policies and Options, a book published by the Center for International Forestry Research provides a 3E+ criteria of climate effectiveness, cost efficiency and equity outcomes, in addition to their generation of co-benefits: biodiversity and other environmental services, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods,

Chart: Tropical forest loss between 2000-2005

Gross forest loss in tropical countries, 2000-2005 according to Harris et al (2012).

REDD+ within reach in rural Brazil

Brazil’s land reform program that aimed to bring “People without land to land without people” has resulted in over 8,500 settlements covering more than 84 million hectares of forest throughout the country.

Vietnam model on benefit sharing mechanism

Viet Nam’s experiences in planning for a REDD+ compliant benefit distribution system provide the following lessons:

Study: The non-monetary value of carbon projects

The carbon market holds promise to a multi-billion dollar business, and this has been a key motivation factor for many to engage in various carbon projects. While the monetary potential of the carbon market remains real, there is evidence that these initiatives could also lead to other sustainable benefits.

Indonesia Forest Moratorium takes on the dual challenge of Climate and Development

Indonesia’s two-year moratorium on new permits for the use of primary natural forest and peatland was a significant move that demonstrated government’s commitment to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.

‘Policies need to explore forest value beyond the wood’ -IUFRO-FORNESSA congress media briefing

As part of publicity activities to mark the first regional congress of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), a media briefing organized in collaboration with the Kenya's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya Forest Service, African Forest Forum and ICRAF was held on

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