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Communities

Cultural Mediators

Indigenous communities have experienced rapid cultural change. In order to support their cultural identities, we have developed the Cultural Mediators program. The program trains teachers and develops educational materials for young indigenous students about territorial governance, natural resource management, climate change, and cultural traditions.

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Communities

The exclusion of Indigenous Territories in REDD+ Mechanisms

Indigenous populations of Amazonia own 210 million hectares (or some 519 million acres) of land and have proven to be highly skilled in the field of forest conservation: the deforestation rate is 0.2%, i.e., even less than that of protected areas (1.4%) and obviously significantly lower than all the Amazon. There is no doubt therefore[…]

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Communities

Capacity Building Program on Indigenous Territorial Governance

Communities need training and resources to advocate for their rights and economic sovereignty, and to fully engage with governments, companies, and donors. Our Capacity Building Program on Indigenous Territorial Governance brings learning opportunities to communities and trains new leaders, strengthening their ability to protect biodiversity and the well-being of generations to come.

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Communities

Indigenous Economies

The indigenous economy has two spheres: the reciprocity economy and the market economy. The reciprocity economy is linked to traditional practices, the barter economy and collective production. These practices are independent from monetary or financial relationships. There is some friction or tension when such reciprocity economy gets in touch with the market economy. Forest Trends’[…]

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Climate Investments

State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2019

Financing Emissions Reductions for the Future

Ecosystem Marketplace was initially created to improve transparency and price discovery in the voluntary space, as there is no centralized system for transacting voluntary carbon credits. Between 2006 and 2018, our team has annually distributed surveys to our network of project developers, investors, retailers, and brokers to collect confidential information about their voluntary carbon offset […]

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Forests

Natural Resource Governance Reform and the Peace Process in Myanmar

By Kevin M. Woods

This report summarizes the role of natural resources in armed conflict and the current peace process in Myanmar. It serves as a baseline study for efforts to promote equitable and accountable management of natural resources for peacebuilding. The main findings overall indicate a lack of meaningful progress on moving towards natural resource good governance reform[…]

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Communities Water

Contribuciones potenciales de la infraestructura preincaica de infiltración de agua para la seguridad hídrica en los Andes

By Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi, Juan D. Bardales, Javier Antiporta, Katya Pérez, Luis Acosta, Feng Mao, Zed Zulkafli, Junior Gil-Ríos, Oscar Angulo, Sam Grainger, Gena Gammie, Bert De Bièvre y Wouter Buytaert

A nivel mundial, los recursos hídricos están sometidos a un fuerte estrés producto de la creciente variabilidad climática y las presiones ejercidas por el ser humano. En los Andes tropicales, las culturas preincaicas desarrollaron tecnologías de siembra y cosecha de agua basadas en la naturaleza para manejar los riesgos de sequías en climas naturales extremos. […]

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Forests

How Has the EU Timber Regulation Enforced the European Trade of Timber in 2018?

By Marigold Norman

What are the links between trade and enforcement activity? Forest Trends assessed the latest trade data for 2018.

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Forests

Vietnam’s Cross-border Timber Crackdown and the Quest for State Legitimacy

By Phuc Xuan To and Sango Mahanty

The Government of Vietnam’s recent devolution of regulatory powers over the cross-border trade between Cambodia and Vietnam has enabled provincial authorities to increase illicit timber flows from Cambodia to finance local economic agendas. Timber imports have become a key revenue source for provincial budgets. Meanwhile, the central government has made a commitment to its international[…]

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Forests

Forest Trends Comments on Myanmar Draft Forest Rules (2019) Regarding Land Rights

By Gabrielle Kissinger

In May, 2019, the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) released its Forest Law Draft Rules which elaborate on how the Forest Law of 20181 will be implemented. The MONREC Forest Department (FD) is conducting state and regional publication consultations in Summer and Fall 2019 before proceeding to national-level public consultations by[…]