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Agriculture Biodiversity Climate Communities Forests

The World is Losing Its Forests. Community-led Conservation Can Help.


By Cheyenne Coxon and Genevieve Bennett

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Biodiversity Climate Communities Forests

Charcoal Production in Myanmar: Links to Illegality, Deforestation, and Rural Livelihoods in Tanintharyi Region

By Kevin M. Woods

Myanmar has the highest rate of mangrove loss in Southeast Asia, despite widespread recognition that these ecosystems are critical to protect local villages from coastal flooding. Charcoal production is a significant driver of mangrove deforestation in the country.   Forest Trends’ new data shows that the Myanmar Forest Department significantly underestimates the volume of mangrove[…]

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Biodiversity Communities

Fact Sheet: Community-led Conservation

The world is facing a mass extinction event, and so far has failed to meet any of its targets to reverse catastrophic biodiversity loss. As governments consider how to incorporate biodiversity and other “green recovery” concerns into COVID-19 stimulus measures and recovery plans, they must look beyond traditional “top-down” conservation strategies. A growing body of […]

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India’s Wooden Furniture and Wooden Handicrafts: Risk of Trade in Illegally Harvested Wood

By Marigold Norman and Kerstin Canby

India’s rapidly expanding furniture manufacturing industries are setting their sights on close competitors in China and Vietnam, expanding their networks into the lucrative markets in Europe and North America. Large companies as well as millions of small-scale enterprises and artisanal shops now export more than US$1 billion of timber products, an increase of 138% since[…]

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Communities Forests

La esencia de nuestra existencia hasta que el sol se apague. Experiencias y aprendizajes en gobernanza territorial indígena en la Amazonía

Until the sun stops shining: Experiences and lessons in indigenous territorial governance in the Amazon

Hay muchas voces detrás de las luchas que enfrentan hoy los pueblos indígenas en la Amazonía, y ofrecen lecciones importantes para hacer valer sus derechos sobre sus tierras y recursos. Esta sabiduría debe estar disponible para las generaciones actuales y futuras de líderes indígenas. Este nuevo libro captura las voces de 22 líderes indígenas de[…]

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Investments Water

Preguntas y Respuestas: Las inversiones IOARR como medida de rápido impacto en la recuperación de los ecosistemas

By Yessica Armas

Las preguntas sistematizadas en esta publicación fueron realizadas en el marco del Webinar “Las inversiones IOARR como medida de rápido impacto en la recuperación de los ecosistemas” que contó con la participación de 645 especialistas de 13 regiones del Perú.

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Climate Communities Forests

The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation in Indigenous Territories

By Chris Van Dam

Indigenous populations of the Amazon own 210 million hectares of land and have proven to be highly skilled in the field of forest conservation: the deforestation rate is 0.8%, i.e., even less than that of protected areas (1.1%) and obviously significantly lower than that of the Amazon as a whole. However, under the rules of […]

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Ten Steps Towards Enforceable Due Diligence Regulations that Protect Forests

By Jade Saunders

Change is in the air. New regulations to address deforestation are under development in the EU, UK, and US and there is a groundswell of support, from civil society and corporate actors alike, for Due Diligence requirements to form the backbone of such legislation. This development is timely; a host of academic research now illustrates[…]

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Programa de Mediadores Culturales (Cultural Mediators Program)

Brasil, Colombia, y México. Noviembre 2018. (Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. November 2018)

The Cultural Mediators program trains teachers and develops educational materials for young indigenous students on territorial governance, natural resource management, climate change, and cultural traditions. This document represents the work of Forest Trends and partners throughout Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.

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What is in Myanmar’s EITI Forestry Reports for 2016-2018?

By Forest Trends

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) requires countries to disclose financial information on their natural resource sector. The Myanmar EITI (MEITI) was one of the few countries to disclose forestry data alongside mining and oil and gas. The most recent reports cover FY16 & 17, coinciding with the first two years of the new National[…]