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December 13, 2012    

From the Editors

The Ecosystem Marketplace's Community Forum
Connecting people to ecosystem markets

Welcome to another edition of the Community Forum!  As you may notice, we have made a few small changes to our formatting.  These changes were made to better enable our readers to connect with other Forest Trends programs and newsletters.  We hope you find these changes to be useful!

This newsletter brings a lot of news and resources.  Our partners in Uganda recently received great news as they received additional support from Darwin Initiatives which will allow them to involve more farmers in their PES program. The Oddar Meanchey REDD Project in Cambodia has achieved VCS registration and CCB Gold validation, the first community-based mosaic REDD project to do so in Asia. 

New resources include the 2012 State of Forest Carbon Markets Report as well as a collection and analysis of 9 community-based PES projects in Latin America from Forest Trends.  A recent publication from indigenous leaders and IPAM seeks to aid communities develop their own climate-change plans.

As this will be our last newsletter for 2012, we would like to wish our readers a happy holiday season and a happy and healthy 2013!

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Around the World

Regional Workshop: “Financing Public Policy and Biodiversity Conservation in the Andean Amazon”

On September 25 and 26, with 41 representatives from Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and the United States, the Regional Workshop “Financing Public Policy and Biodiversity Conservation in the Andean Amazon” was held in Lima, Peru. The objective of the workshop was to promote a space for discussion and analysis between government actors regarding the impact of financing public policies for biodiversity conservation in the Andean Amazon.

The workshop was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Initiative for the Conservation of the Andean Amazon (ICAA), in partnership with the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

  – Visit the event's webpage.

Taller Regional "Financiamiento de Políticas Públicas y Conservación de la Diversidad Biológica en la Amazonía Andina"

El 25 y 26 de septiembre, con la participaron de 41 representantes de Perú, Colombia, Brasil, Chile y Estados Unidos, se realizó en Lima (Perú) el Taller Regional “Financiamiento de Políticas Públicas y Conservación de la Diversidad Biológica en la Amazonía Andina”. El evento tuvo como objetivo promover un espacio de discusión y análisis entre actores de gobierno, sobre el impacto del financiamiento de las políticas públicas en la conservación de la diversidad biológica en la Amazonía Andina.

El taller fue organizado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) a través de la Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina (ICAA) en alianza con el Ministerio del Ambiente del Perú (MINAM), la Agencia de Cooperación Técnica Alemana GiZ, y el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT).

  – Visite el sitio del evento.

Indigenous Peoples and Incentives for Conservation

Indigenous representatives from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru met in the towns of Moyobamba and Tarapoto, in the northern forest of Peru, to discuss and better understand economic incentive programs for conservation, while sharing their experiences, expectations, and doubts.

The Initiative for the Conservation of the Andean Amazon (ICAA), in partnership with Forest Trends and the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), organized an indigenous exchange about the application of conservation incentives.  

The exchange introduced incentive programs which the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR) in Mexico is developing, as well as the Socio Bosque in Ecuador.  The participants also had the opportunity to learn about the REDD+ pilot program which is being developed in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest.  They also visited the Municipal Conservation Area Rumiyacu, Mishquiyacu y Almendra, where a compensation for ecosystem services program is being developed.

  – Learn more about the event.

Pueblos indígenas e incentivos para la conservación

Representantes indígenas de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú se reunieron en las ciudades de Moyobamba y Tarapoto, en la selva norte del Perú, para conversar y comprender mejor los programas de incentivos económicos para la conservación, compartiendo sus experiencias, expectativas y dudas.

La Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina (ICAA), en alianza con Forest Trends y la Coordinadora de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA), organizaron un intercambio indígena sobre la aplicación de incentivos para la conservación.

El intercambio permitió conocer los programas de incentivos que desarrolla la Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), en México, y el caso de Socio Bosque, en Ecuador. Los participantes también tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer el programa piloto de REDD+ que se viene desarrollando en el Bosque de Protección Alto Mayo. Además, visitaron el área de Conservación Municipal Rumiyacu, Mishquiyacu y Almendra, donde se viene desarrollando un programa de “compensaciones por servicios ecosistémicos”. 

  – Aprende más sobre el evento.

Cambodia: Forests, Water, Life

This film highlights the value of forests, water security, and the effects of deforestation on groundwater supplies in Cambodia. It focuses on the devastating effects of severe deforestation in Battambang using 3D animations to clearly explain how watersheds work, and how forests affect local weather and groundwater levels. Other issues discussed in the film include the acidification of water from rubber plantations and the affects that this has on fisheries and local communities.

  – Watch part 1.
  – Watch part 2.

Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry is a Triple Win

The Guardian, 29 October 2012

Lands are quickly being deforested across the globe, directly impacting half a billion indigenous peoples and 1.3 million others who are dependent upon the forests.  The rest of us, however, are also ultimately dependent on the forests to purify our air, maintain water cycles, and to sequester carbon and slow climate change, among many more processes.

This article argues that shifting away from capital-seeking forest resources and needing labor,and shifting toward local rights-holders managing forest resources and seeking capital to deliver food, fuel, and fiber could be highly beneficial for the entire globe.

  – Read the full article.

Ugandan Private Forest Owners to benefit more from PES

Private Forest Owners (PFOs) who have enrolled in the Payment for Ecosystem Services Project (PES) are to benefit more from their ecosystems. The project has received additional funding from Darwin Initiatives to increase on the livelihood benefits for these farmers. 

'We have had a challenge in convincing PFOs to join PES with the current level of payment per hectare. The livelihood project will increase benefits gained from conservation of their ecosystems which we hope will encourage them to continue conserving,' says Paul Hatanga, Project Manager. 

The PES project is a four year pilot project in western Uganda that pays Private Forest Owners in unprotected forest patches to conserve the ecosystems in their forests.

  – Learn more about the project from CWSCT.
  – Learn more from the Landscapes blog.

First Community-Based Mosaic REDD+ Project in Asia Awarded VCS and CCB Validation

The Oddar Meanchey REDD Project in Cambodia has achieved VCS registration and CCB Gold validation, the first community-based mosaic REDD project to do so in Asia. The project works directly with local communities to implement project activities that protects 63,381 hectares of forest and will result in an estimated 8.2 million tons of emissions reductions. The project is being implemented by the Forestry Administration of Cambodia, Communities of the Oddar Meanchey province, Pact, Terra Global Capital, the Children's Development Association, and the Monk's Community Forestry Association. Terra Global Capital is currently seeking expressions of interest from carbon credit buyers, with credits expected to be issued at the end of 2012.

  – Read the press release.

CCB initiative targets smallholders

A new initiative under the Climate, Community,& Biodiversity (CCB) Standards is setting out to strengthen support for smallholder and community led carbon projects. CCB links with the Verified Carbon Standard to ensure that carbon projects are also delivering benefits to local people and biodiversity. The project is working with small-scale farmers to facilitate access to climate finance, adapting the current CCB standards framework to make them easier to use, and providing guidance to farmers and community groups on how to achieve the requirements to meet CCB Standards. 

  – Learn more about the initiative.

Plan Vivo registers first project in Asia

Plan Vivo, an organization helping to develop and manage community-based land-use projects with long-term carbon, livelihood, and ecosystem benefits, began the Hiniduma Biolink Project in Sri Lanka. It works with tea farmers to plant native tree buffers on field margins. It is intended not only to generate carbon credits for the farmers, but also provide wildlife habitat and connectivity between forest patches.

  – Learn more about the project.

Design practicalities of a PES programme in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

David Kaczan, Brent M. Swallow, W. L. (Vic) Adamowicz and HeiniVihemäki

Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, are recognized internationally as one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems and conservation efforts; they face an ongoing threat from clearing for smallholder agriculture.

As many remaining fragments of forest lie on farmers’ properties, often in the form of modified agroforestry systems, a potential means to slow or halt forest loss is a ‘payments for ecosystem services’ (PES) program, where farmers are paid to protect trees on their farms.

The authors studied the level of payment necessary to entice farmers to protect on-farm trees. Group payments for communal infrastructure were found to be undesirable, however, payments or provision of manure fertilizer were much more effective. With Tanzania’s recent implementation of a national REDD+ program, funds are likely available in the future for PES projects focused on trees for sequestration.

  – Learn more from PRESA.

Indigenous Leaders Embrace REDD, With or Without Carbon Markets

Steve Zwick

More than a dozen indigenous leaders from across the Amazon endorsed efforts to save endangered rainforest using financial mechanisms that reward good land stewardship and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

They said, however, that carbon markets might not be the best way to access funding and argued for a more holistic, ecosystem-oriented approach based on acreage of living forest combined with REDD-style carbon stock-taking. They also argued against the long-term obligations that most carbon contratcs require, and in favor of shorter-term contracts offering indigenous groups that engage in REDD the flexibility to adapt their projects over time.

The “Indigenous REDD” effort emerged in 2011 and is being spearheaded by the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), which coordinates nine national indigenous organizations spread across the Amazon. It aims to incorporate REDD into the emerging “Life Plans” being developed by indigenous groups across the Amazon.

  – Read the full article,

Biodiversity Payments Can Help Communities Fight Climate Change

From his recent research, Dr. Jonah Busch of Conservation International believes that once an infrastructure for carbon payments and social and environmental safeguards is in place, it could,and should, be leveraged to enable payments for forests’ other services too, such as biodiversity.  These extra payments could encourage communities to conserve forests when the carbon payments themselves just aren’t enough.

Using a software tool to simulate the effects of payments for carbon and biodiversity in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Madagascar, Dr. Busch found that the bundled payments not only led to greater forest conservation, but that, in many cases, supplemental biodiversity payments actually resulted in more carbon storage than an equal amount of money spent only on increased carbon payments.

  – Read the full article.

600-Strong Coalition Says ‘No REDD’ Campaign Is Way Off-Target

An Open Letter from The Amazon Working Group

The Amazon Working Group which represents roughly 600 social movement organizations across the Amazon Basin, has made a rare public denunciation of a recent anti-REDD campaign underway in California. The coalition claims that the small group of NGOs who launched the campaigns imply have not done their homework.

  – Read the full letter.

Indigenous Rangers Track, Document Illegal Logging on Protected Territory

Steve Zwick

Brazil’s Paiter-Surui, who created the first-ever indigenous-led REDD project, have documented illegal logging, fishing, and cattle grazing on their territory. The activities were discovered by members of the tribe acting as forest rangers in support of the REDD project. They have presented their findings to law enforcement authorities.

  – Read the full article.

Social movements take proposals to the government for the new law for the use of genetic resources

Community leaders want transparency and training to participate in the construction of the new rules

Civil society representatives of the National Commission of Traditional Peoples and Communities (CNPCT) delivered proposals this morning to the executive secretary of the Ministry of Environment (MMA), Francisco Gaetani, for new regulations regarding the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.

The proposals were formulated at a meeting of CNPCT held in Curitiba on December2 and 3, during which they discussed the suggestions of the industrial sector regarding the new rules.  They reached a consensus that more discussions on the subject are required, with due technical support so that everyone understands what is at stake.

In addition, the representatives took the suggestions from the industrial sector and included safeguards for the rights of traditional communities (who hold the knowledge associated with the use of biodiversity), as well as the promotion of economic and social tools for traditional societies.

According Rubens Gomes, president of the Amazon Working Group (Grupo de TrabalhoAmazônico – GTA), "It is necessary and urgent to overhaul the current rules, but transparency in the debate and the inclusion of extensive consultations to traditional peoples and communities is important," warns Gomes.

The next step is for the MMA and other ministries to collect contributions for the new rules. After which, the CNPCT will begin widespread training in the communities so that they understand and are able to participate in the construction process of the new law.

Movimentos sociais levam ao governo propostas para a nova lei de uso do patrimônio genético

Lideranças comunitárias querem transparência e capacitação para participar da construção das novas regras

Representantes da sociedade civil da Comissão Nacional de Povos e Comunidades Tradicionais (CNPCT) entregaram hoje pela manhã ao secretário-executivo do Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Francisco Gaetani, propostas para a nova regulamentação do uso do patrimônio genético e do conhecimento tradicional associado.

As propostas foram formuladas em um encontro da CNPCT, realizado em Curitiba, nos dias 2 e 3 de dezembro, durante o qual foram debatidas as sugestões do setor industrial sobre as novas regras. E ficou consensuado que será exigida mais discussões sobre o tema, com o devido apoio técnico para que todos entendam o que está em jogo.

Além disso, os representantes aproveitaram as sugestões do setor industrial e incluíram salvaguardas de direitos das comunidades tradicionais (que detêm o conhecimento associado ao uso da biodiversidade) além de instrumentos de promoção econômica e social para as sociedades tradicionais.

Segundo Rubens Gomes, presidente da Rede GTA, “é necessária e urgente a reformulação das regras atuais, mas é importante transparência do debate e a inclusão de amplas consultas aos povos e às comunidades tradicionais”, alerta Gomes.

O próximo passo é o MMA recolher contribuições para as novas regras junto aos outros ministérios. Depois disso, a CNPCT dever começar um amplo trabalho de capacitação junto às comunidades para que entendam e participem do processo de construção da nova lei.



Leadership Required: Ensuring Local Communities Benefit from Climate Finance

Regan Suzuki, RECOFTC Networking and Stakeholder Engagement program officer

Financiers of climate compatible development activities, particularly the private sector, require deliverables to be met and view the limited capacity typical of rural communities as reasons to circumvent them and engage with ‘higher capacity’ actors.

Investments tend to be made in, and channeled through, those with education and skills, fundamentally speaking the same ‘language’ as the financiers. This tendency results in the exclusion of rural communities – including indigenous people and women – from the benefits of training, capacity building, and job creation that accompany climate financing. The omission of rural communities from information sharing, training, and engagement bars their full engagement and reinforces their exclusion on the sidelines.  

It doesn’t have to be this way, however, argues the author.  In order for it to make sense for companies to work together with local communities despite the risks and costs this entails, it becomes the role of policy makers to level the playing field. Policy makers must clearly establish that project developers and implementers hire locally, specify their strategies for local engagement, and, most importantly, invest in the capacity building of local communities and otherwise marginal groups as minimum standards, not as fanciful ideals.

  – Read the full blog.


Resources and Tools

Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012

This report, which aggregates data from 415 forest carbon projects, examines a variety of strategies for injecting financial resources into projects that save or plant forests that capture carbon. Carbon offsets from these projects averaged $9.2 per ton of sequestered carbon in 2011, up from $4.6 per ton in 2010. The majority of projects were on private land but increasingly involved communities and smallholder landholders.

  – Download the full publication.

Experiences in Compensation for Ecosystem Services in Latin America

Indigenous and local communities have been guardians of large parts of the earth’s ecosystems for thousands of years.  Compensation or payments for ecosystem services seek to remunerate communities for their stewardship.

Community-based compensation or payments for ecosystem services projects are being implemented across the globe.  Projects in advanced stages (receiving payments) can share invaluable information with communities interested in developing their own projects. 

A recent Forest Trends publication, “Experiencias en Compensación por Servicios Ambientales en América Latina”, presents nine case studies that illustrate the experiences  of various local communities in Latin America with compensation for ecosystem services projects, focusing on carbon sequestration projects, REDD+ and watershed services.

We hope that the information provided serves as a resource for others looking to develop similar projects and stimulates dialogue among communities and their partners, helping to develop new territorial management models while conserving forests and benefiting the local economy and communities.

  – Download the publication (in Spanish).

Experiencias en Compensación por Servicios Ambientales en América Latina

Las comunidades indígenas y locales han sido los guardianes de gran parte de los ecosistemas de la Tierra durante miles de años. Compensación o pago por servicios ambientales busca remunerar a las comunidades para su rol de gestor de las tierras.

Se están ejecutando proyectos de compensación o pago por servicios ambientales en comunidades por todo el mundo. Los proyectos en etapas avanzadas (recepción de pagos) pueden compartir información valiosa con las comunidades interesadas en desarrollar sus propios proyectos.

Una publicación reciente de Forest Trends, "Experiencias en Compensación Por Servicios Ambientales en América Latina", presenta nueve estudios de casos que ilustran las experiencias de diversas comunidades locales de América Latina con proyectos de compensación por servicios ambientales, centrándose en proyectos de secuestro de carbono, REDD+ y los servicios de cuencas .

Esperamos que la información proporcionada aquí sirve como un recurso para otros que buscan desarrollar proyectos similares y que estimula el diálogo entre las comunidades y sus socios, ayudando a desarrollar nuevos modelos de gestión de sus territorios, mientras que conserva los bosques y beneficia a la economía local y las comunidades.

  – Descargue la publicación.

Deforestation in the Congo Basin

Replace this text with the contents of your articleThe Congo Basin in Central Africa is the second largest rainforest in the world, a lifeline for more than 60 million people – providing food and income for many remote communities, storing huge amounts of carbon, supporting unique ecosystems, and regulating the flow of the major rivers across Central Africa.  Global demand for minerals, wood, and other products, however, is putting greater pressure on the forest and causing it to be cleared at an alarming rate.

CIFOR has put together a multimedia resource package on the Congo Basin which includes videos, publications, photos, and blogs.

PROFOR is also studying the deforestation rates in the Congo Basin in order to provide the governments of the six Congo Basin countries with a robust, analytical tool to better understand the potential impacts of development of other sectors on the forest.  The Executive Summary is currently available in English and French, and the full study will be available in January 2013.

  – See the CIFOR resource package.
  – Read more from PROFOR.

Systematization and Capitalization of Experiences in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

A large amount of valuable information is generated when projects are implemented.  Some of this knowledge is shared through technical documents, presentations, and didactic or audiovisual materials, but a large part of the accumulated experience is often lost because it is made available to a small group or people, or because it remains only in the heads of those who implemented the project.  In general, learning from the project itself is not often considered, institutionalized, or a common practice, so many of these lessons - the richest - which would arise through systematic reflection, are lost.  This is especially unfortunate for other groups who may want to travel similar paths.

Assessment, systematization, and capitalization of experiences are strategies to collect and register the knowledge generated by and learned from the projects.

If you are interested in reflecting upon a project or experience in natural resource management or rural development, visit the page below to learn more.

  – Visit the webpage.

Sistematización y Capitalización de Experiencias en Manejo de Recursos Naturales y Desarrollo Rural

Al implementar un proyecto, se genera una gran cantidad de conocimientos.  Algunos de estos conocimientos son compartidos a través de documentos técnicos, presentaciones y materiales didácticos y audovisuales, pero buena parte de la experiencia acumulada suele perderse porque está disponible a pocas personas o porque queda en las mentes de quienes implementaron el proyecto.  En general, el aprender de la experiencia propia no suele ser una actividad deliberada, institucionalizada, una práctica habitual: y así muchos de estos aprendizajes, los más ricos, los que surgirían de una reflexión sistemática, nunca verán la luz, para desgracia de los demás, de los que querrán transitar caminos parecidos.

Tanto la evaluación, como la sistematización y la capitalización de experiencias son estrategias o herramientas que permiten recoger, relevar o registrar ese conocimiento generado o esas lecciones aprendidas por los proyectos.

Si usted tenga interés en reflexionar sobre un proyecto o experiencia en el manejo de recursos naturales o desarrollo rural, visite la página abajo para aprender más.

  – Visite la página para aprender más.

Community guidelines for accessing forestry voluntary carbon markets

Forest carbon markets are very complex and there is a very real risk that forest owners may surrender the potential benefits of this new market to other, better informed actors. Small landowners and local communities in rural areas are at the greatest risk of losing out in this new market. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific recently developed a new publication with guidelines developed to assist smallholders and smallholder groups, community-based forest managers, non-governmental organizations, and local forestry officials in order to decide whether or not to undertake a forestry voluntary carbon market project and, once a decision has been taken to proceed, to provide guidance on how to design and implement the project.

  – Download the publication.

Foundations for Indigenous Plans to Combat Climate Change

This publication is the result of three regional meetings held in 2012, which more than 120 indigenous representatives from the nine states of the Brazilian Amazon attended.

Published by the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) in partnership with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the publication brings together indigenous perspectives and indigenous foundations for a plan for coping with climate change.

The key elements for plans highlighted in the document are: guaranteeing existing rights, empowerment, participation, and advocacy, and appreciation of culture and traditional ways of life. 

  – Download the publication (in Portuguese),

Fundamentos para um Plano Indígena de Enfrentamento às Mudanças Climáticas

Essa publicação é resultado de três Encontros Regionais realizados em 2012, com a participação de mais de 120 representantes indígenas provenientes dos 9 estados da Amazônia brasileira.

Realizada pela Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira (COIAB) em parceria com o IPAM, a publicação reúne perspectivas indígenas e fundamentos para um plano indígena de enfrentamento às mudanças climática.

Os elementos-chave destacados no documento para os planos são: garantia de direitos adquiridos, empoderamento, participação e incidência, e valorização da cultura e dos modos de vida tradicionais.

  – Baixe a publicação.

Community-based Forest Monitoring for REDD+: Lessons and Reflections from the Field

This policy brief introduces the roles that local communities can play in monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks. It discusses lessons learned from the Community Carbon Accounting Project, which is training local communities in Asia-Pacific countries in forest monitoring, from the perspectives of sustainable development and carbon accounting.

  – Read the full brief.

Interim REDD+ Finance: Current Status and Ways Forward for 2013 – 2020

This paper, commissioned by The Prince’s Rainforests Project, discusses why tropical forests matter,why forests remain under threat, the methodology on which the paper is based - a quantitative and qualitative snapshot of the first three years of interim REDD+ finance (2010 – 2012), and makes a series of proposals with respect to the future of REDD+ finance in the post-2012 period.

The paper makes twelve core recommendations, summarized as follows:

1. Clarify a vision of REDD+ and how it can best be achieved.

2. Catalyze longer-term funding.

3. Integrate REDD+ intro broader rural and economic development frameworks.

4. Reward innovation and success.

5. Ensure that funding is effectively deployed.

6. Engage the private sector.

7. Focus on complementarities, not differences, of approaches.

8. Demonstrate and build confidence in REDD+.

9. Focus on strengthening enabling environments.

10. Keep it simple.

11. Be flexible.

12. Be willing to take risks and build an ambitious vision for the future.

It is hoped that the paper can contribute constructively to the deliberations of international colleagues working on REDD+.

  – Read the full study.

Equator Initiative Case Study Database and 'The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize'

Equator Initiative Case Study Database

The database contains 127 detailed case studies on Equator Prize winners: local best practices in biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. Each case study documents project catalysts, the genesis of winning ideas, institutional frameworks and governance systems, key activities and innovations, biodiversity impacts (species, habitats and ecosystems conserved), socio-economic impacts (changes in household income, community infrastructure, health, education and empowerment), policy impacts, financial and social sustainability, successes and challenges with replication, and the role of partnerships.

'The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize'

The Power of Local Action draws its analysis from Equator Prize winner case material and limits its treatment to twelve key lessons with the greatest relevance for understanding and catalyzing effective ecosystem-based action at the local level.   Targeted policy guidance is provided for relevant stakeholders.

  – Visit the database.
  – Download "The Power of Local Action."

What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities - New edition

Editors: Christian Erni& Helen Tugendhat

Writers: EleonorBaldo-Soriano, Joan Carling, Raymond de Chavez, Christian Erni, Francesco Martone, Helen Tugendhat

10 September, 2012

The 3rd edition of 'What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities' is now available. This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organizations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+, and how these ideas relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

  – Download the publication.

Amazonía bajo presión

Este atlas Amazonía bajo presión, incluye datos y análisis sobre carreteras, petróleo y gas, minería, hidroeléctricas, focos de calor y deforestación en la Amazonía.

La publicación tiene como objetivo principal superar visiones fragmentadas de la Amazonía y brindar un panorama amplio de presiones y amenazas para toda la región y otras unidades de análisis. En la página contigua se presentan dos cartogramas que resultan de la sumatoria, desde el punto de vista espacial, de las presiones y amenazas.

  – Descargue el atlas.


Opportunities: Conferences, Events and Projects

Conference: Building Resilient Communities Through Community-based Forest Management

Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership (NOSCP) 

16 - 18 January 2013, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

This conference is about community-based forest management (CBFM) research, practice, and policy to promote resilience in forest-based communities. The conference will: 1) provide a forum for the advancement of CBFM as a new forest management model in Canada and 2) spearhead the formation of a pan-Canadian CBFM network of research, practice and knowledge mobilization.

  – Learn more about the event.

Questionnaire on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Human Rights Council is currently surveying indigenous peoples to seek their views on best practices regarding possible appropriate measures and implementation strategies to obtain the goalsof the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Responses to the questionnaire are due 18 February 2013 by email to .

  – Learn more.

Free legal assistance for indigenous organizations in developing countries

The Thomson Reuters Foundation offers a service to match non-profits with free legal assistance worldwide. They are particularly interested to expand their support to indigenous organizations and social enterprises located in developing countries. Brochures offering additional information are attached in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

TrustLaw Connect is a program of Thomson Reuters Foundation that links top law firms in over 140 countries with non-profit organizations and social enterprises in need of free legal assistance. Legal advice is provided by local lawyers in your countrythrough the TrustLaw Connect program. Since the program was launched in July 2010, over 500 legal teams have worked with social organizations from all corners of the world. Joining and using the service is entirely free of charge and TrustLaw Connect is currently seeking to expand the non-profits and social enterprises with which they work. 

  – To apply, please take the TrustLaw eligibility quiz.
  – Alternatively, please contact Imane Hajji.


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