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.
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.
This activity aimed to develop consensus, through a stakeholder-driven process, on a course of action required to position Mexico’s community forestry sector as a high-value provider to niche markets from sustainably managed community forests, delivering both income and biodiversity protection. It has produced a guide in Spanish and English to evaluating economic and financial returns in community forest projects, as well as extensive training material.
Methodological and sourcing changes could help improve World Bank forest data such as forest rents, net forest depletion, and forest wealth. Improved data and increased data usage could equip policymakers to better manage forest resources, improve forest governance, increase transparency in the rent captured, and ultimately lead to increased reinvestment of forest rents in other forms of capital to grow the total wealth of the country.
This activity seeks to support the development of a coherent and comprehensive national strategy for sustainable management of traditional oasis ecosystems in Tunisia currently under threat.
True or False? "Artisanal miners are poor exploited human beings who are forced to dig for minerals under unbearable circumstances. They should be liberated." "Artisanal miners are illegal and do not contribute any revenue to the state. They need to be registered and controlled." Beyond the black and white stereotypes, there may be a third way of dealing with artisanal and small scale mining in protected areas, argues Kirsten Hund. What if Gabon could produce environmentally and socially responsive gold?
The dialogue and anticipated benefits associated with REDD+ have opened a door for progress on issues that have long plagued the forest sector in Indonesia: governance,