Artisanal and small scale mining which takes place inside or along the borders of critical ecosystems and protected areas is a growing conservation and governance issue. A global study, based on in-depth cases in Liberia, Gabon and Madagascar, proposes solutions to reconcile livelihood needs and the preservation of important ecological sites.
The countries of the Congo Basin face the dual challenge of developing local economies and reducing poverty while limiting the negative impact of growth on the region's natural capital, and forests in particular. Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin, now available as a full report, analyses the deforestation pressures resulting from agriculture, transportation, mining, energy and logging, and proposes no-regrets actions to "leapfrog" the steep drop in forest cover that has historically accompanied development in many countries.
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.
Is Western Europe climbing down the "energy ladder"? Can traditional woodfuel be part of a modern energy mix? Two recent publications outline steps to help modernize woodfuel production and use, including in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Central Africa Forests Commission and the World Bank held a two day conference in Kinshasa, DRC, to discuss findings from a study on Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin. Presentations from the conference are available on our website.
PROFOR supported the creation of a multidisciplinary team grouping experts from Brazil's leading research agencies to improve climate change assessments and map climate impacts on agriculture and forests in Brazil over the next 20 years. Improved assessments provide crucial information to policy makers on priorities, geographical targeting, and phasing of investments for adataptation and mitigation to climate change.
PROFOR participated in several panel discussions at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition which will be held at FAO on May 13-15, 2013.
The forest transition theory holds that economic growth and deforestation go hand in hand. What is happening in the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Indonesia does not necessarily follow that model.
Watershed management will be key to feeding a growing population. Rainfed regions have lagged far behind and have experienced severe resource degradation due to inappropriate land use, poor husbandry and low investments. Longer-term climate change adds another worrying dimension.This activity aims to improve watershed management in India.