UN-REDD: Why we should be more optimistic about forests and climate change...

 

 

If you skimmed the news, 2017 may have seemed like a tough year for climate change.

 

The US and the Caribbean endured a devastating hurricane season. People across Africa felt the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that scorched harvests and depressed livelihoods. And severe rains and flooding forced tens of thousands of evacuations in Asia.

 

We’ve all seen these headlines, and perhaps several others that leave us feeling discouraged, to say the least. The thing is, these headlines do not tell the full story.

 

Year round, I work side-by-side with climate leaders from developed and developing countries across the world through the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility(FCPF) and the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) and with partners like the UN-REDD Programme. Together, we work on the design and implementation of ambitious, large-scale programs to shift entire forestry, agriculture and other land use sectors towards more sustainable (and often more profitable) production models that take pressure off primary forests.

 

It’s work that doesn’t move as fast as some of the negative headlines roll out. But these are groundbreaking programs with tremendous potential for mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods. They are programs that need to be part of the conversation when we are talking about the state of the planet and climate change.

 

2017’s encouraging progress and results

 

Under the FCPF last year, nearly all the 47 participant countries are well on the way to building the foundation needed to implement REDD+ (which stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). These activities include improving governance, boosting stakeholder engagement, designing safeguards systems, preparing climate action strategies, and developing forest emission reference levels and national forest monitoring systems. Nineteen of these countries have made significant progress and are now onto designing their programs on the ground.

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FTNS Annual Report 2017

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18th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership: Briefing note and Draft agenda

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Fern-From the forests to the EU: Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights

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Nouabalé-Ndoki cMonthly update JUNE 2018

I am pleased to annonce the official launch of the inception phase of the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWiM) project in Congo, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium including FAO, CIRAD, CIFOR and WCS. This project plans to develop a replicable model of sustainable community management of hunting activities in forestry concessions.

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2018

FTNS Annual Report 2017
Cidt : FGF Brazzaville 2018
Fourth CBFP Council meeting
Forest Watch - April 2018