Early results from an activity on forest-smart mining highlight the critical importance of learning more about reducing the impacts of mining on forests.
There is increasing evidence that thinking across sectors makes the most convincing business case for forests and for sustainable economic growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation, all at the same time. The growing momentum for forest-smart strategies is encouraging and timely. But there is no time to waste – we must act now.
The Forest SWIFT survey tool aims to efficiently and affordably collect data on poverty and communities' dependence on forests.
Worldwide, secure land and forest tenure is gaining recognition as a key component of many sustainable development efforts, from promoting economic growth, to conserving biodiversity and reducing carbon emissions, to protecting human rights. However, many indigenous peoples are part of tenure systems that lack sufficient legal standing, and individuals may face severe challenges in exercising political power. A new study examines community rights under 10 tenure systems in six Latin American countries.
In West Africa, cocoa has been identified as a major driver of deforestation which has led to serious soil degradation, water insecurity and crop failures in the region. To address these issues, governments and the private sector are becoming increasingly active on sustainability in the cocoa industry. A new report describes overarching principles and key strategies that these stakeholders can implement to lay the groundwork for deforestation-free production in the cocoa sector.
Restoring forest landscapes could bring renewed economic opportunity, improved water supply, and climate resilience. But if the ambitious scale for the global and national forest restoration targets is to be achieved, the economic arguments should be back at the center, along with the conservation ones. It is not just forests that matter. In most cases it will help to approach the challenges by looking at tree-based systems.
The Program on Forests (PROFOR) multi-donor partnership provides knowledge, tools and in-depth analysis to facilitate forests contribution to poverty reduction, sustainable economic development and the protection of global and local environmental services.
Sustainable forest management requires cooperation across many sectors so that sound policies are not undermined by shifts in macroeconomic policy or other areas. PROFOR’s analysis identifies trade-...Read more
An estimated 1.3 billion people—nearly 20 percent of humanity—rely on forests and forest products for their livelihoods, with the majority living on less than $1.25 a day. In some areas, forest...Read more
Sustainable forest management seeks to balance increasing demand for forest products and benefits, and preserving forest health and diversity. Financing this equilibrium requires new approaches, both...Read more
Strong forest governance is essential for many reasons. Clear regulations can encourage legitimate enterprises to make socially and environmentally sustainable investments in the forestry sector....Read more
Not only are forests and trees essential for capturing the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, but they can also build peoples’ resilience to climate variability. Forests can be...Read more