PROFOR and the BioCarbon Fund are co-financing a study designed to identify institutional and financial arrangements required to mainstream forest plantation business models and promote the potential development of CDM projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the forestry and iron supply chains in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The experience of payments for environmental services (PES) systems set up in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Ecuador in the last decade provides valuable insights for shaping REDD+ strategies in participating countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Between them, these programs are currently helping to conserve over 3 million hectares of forests. Their experience shows how to make PES work, but also -- problems to avoid.
This activity aims to identify effective approaches needed by governments to leverage sustained political, institutional, financial, and technical support to strengthen and operationalize forest tenure reforms. The activity will be based on a comparative analysis of forest land tenure issues in selected countries of Latin America.
Developing countries are expected to suffer the most from changes in climatic patterns.
Forest and tree management could provide a low-cost approach to enhancing resilience of local landscapes to climate change but needs to balance production, livelihood, adaptation and mitigation goals.
In this post, 6 leading experts answer some of the questions on benefit sharing that were asked during World Forest Week. As private investors seek to establish positive relationships with local communities in order to gain access to resources, skills and labor, and proponents of REDD+ come to realize that the success of their programs will largely rest on the effective cooperation and support of forest-dependent people, the issue of equitable benefit sharing is as important as ever.
Neeta Hooda, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, reflects on three knowledge exchange sessions on benefit sharing that the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility recently organized for participants from East Asia and Francophone and Anglophone Africa. The discussions were partly informed by PROFOR's work in that area.
Two case studies in ALbania and Kosovo are helping assess the benefits of: sustainable upland forest and land management on downstream water users; and increasing the use and efficiency of firewood to reduce the use of fossil fuels and hence greenhouse gas emissions.
After field-testing in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Russia, a simple and actionable forest governance diagnostic tool is taking shape. This tool described in a new PROFOR publication could help benchmark and pinpoint areas requiring reform. Assessing and Monitori