In the run-up to this year's climate talks in Copenhagen, governments the world over are proposing ways to reduce forest emissions. But are they backed by scientific evidence? And how can developing countries ensure they benefit?
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The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) plays an important role in reducing deforestation in the Amazon Region. FAS manages the Juma reserve, established by the Government of Amazonas in 2006, and runs the Bolsa Floresta programme that pays families and communities to contribute to sustainable forest management. The FAS website provides an introduction to the organisation, an overview of their programmes and links to relevant related documents.
ASB is a global partnership for research on tropical forest margins that operates as part of the Consultative Group for International Research in Agriculture (CGIAR). By including a broad range of stakeholders, ASB identifies and develops policies and practices that can achieve their vision of prosperous people and flourishing forests across the tropics. It publishes information on its work, policy briefs and working group reports.
With its headquarters in Indonesia, CIFOR conducts collaborative research with partners in over 40 countries to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. The website provides a thorough introduction to CIFOR research including an overview of regions covered by the centre and access to publications including journal articles, working papers and info briefs. Activities are arranged into three programmes covering environmental services and sustainable use of forests, forest governance, and forests and livelihoods.
Climate-L.org, run by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, publishes information on international climate change negotiations and other related activities, including updates on UN processes and notification of research publications. The information is arranged by actors involved, activities undertaken or issues considered (including reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation – REDD). Site highlights include regular policy updates and a diary of upcoming events.
The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) was established in June 2008 to provide accessible funding for projects that avoid deforestation and contribute to poverty alleviation in the Congo Basin. This multi-donor fund is run by a governing council supported by a secretariat based at the African Development Bank. The website provides reasons for establishing the fund, its proposal process and an overview of projects that have received funding.
This web portal publishes news and information on the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) activities in climate change. It links to key FAO publications on agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries as well as cross-sector topics such as bioenergy, biodiversity and climate risk management. The gateway gives information on FAO's work in these areas and provides links to relevant factsheets, events and multimedia including videos and audio lectures.
The forestry department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) works with governments, international organisations, nongovernmental groups and individual communities to promote sustainable forest management. It offers technical support to developing countries, provides information and advice on forestry, and hosts multi-stakeholder technical and policy discussions. FAO Forestry publishes facts and figures on forests and forestry for some 200 countries, as well as papers, books and reports such as the biannual State of the World's Forests.
The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) is an alliance of over 30 scientific institutions in 19 countries that work on forest canopy research, education and conservation. In addition to supporting research projects, GCP is active in informing policymakers and working with governments and the finance sector to establish pilot projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). GCP publishes information for journalists, policy briefs and a range of related publications.
Mongabay.com is an environmental science and conservation news site, founded in 1999 and run by environmental journalist Rhett A. Butler. Its content focuses on tropical forests, including in-depth information and facts and figures on deforestation and forest degradation. Progress on proposals for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is regularly reported and analysed.
Mongabay.com is published in several languages, including English, Chinese and Spanish. A 'kids version' is also available to help educate children about rainforests.
This online forum for indigenous peoples, small island nations and vulnerable communities was launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with support from other international bodies. It has several goals, including supporting community-based research and educational activities related to climate change. The forum publishes lead articles and invites discussion related to the themes raised. From February to May 2009, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) was discussed.
REDD-Monitor, an independent site run by environmental journalist Chris Lang, provides news and views about reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Lang aims to document the global development of REDD projects by publishing information on who is establishing projects and how they are being implemented. REDD-Monitor features a broad range of links to other organisations, as well as information on upcoming events.
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was established in July 2008, to help establish a REDD programme within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This website provides information on programme donors and projects, as well as links to other relevant sites and documents.
This is the official website for information sharing on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and related topics, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This platform makes information provided by various stakeholders involved in UNFCCC processes available in the areas of technical assistance, demonstration activities, country specific information, and methods and tools. Details of relevant meetings and events are also included.
This site contains all National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) so far submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It includes a rationale for NAPAs, a brief history of NAPAs and a short account of the process involved in preparing a NAPA. There are links to the relevant policy documents under the UNFCCC on the site, including the decisions that establish the NAPA process.
NAPAs submitted by countries to date are posted as pdfs in English and sometimes French.
The World Agroforestry Centre, formerly the International Council for Research in Agroforestry, promotes agroforestry research in developing countries. Part of the Consultative Group for International Research in Agriculture (CGIAR), the centre partners with science and development institutions to inform, and advocate for, science-based policies that encourage agroforestry. The centre publishes articles, policy briefs and multimedia, as well as information on its research and projects, including the REDD-ALERT project that aims to provide policy options for emissions reduction.