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Forests

Untapped Potential: Forest Ecosystem Services for Achieving SDG 15

UNFF13 Background Analytical Study

By Michael Jenkins and Brian Schaap

The world’s forest ecosystems provide critical and diverse services and values to human society. As primary habitat for a wide range of species, forests support biodiversity maintenance and conservation. Yet, continuing forest loss worldwide negatively impacts the livelihoods of millions of people and poses major challenges to sustainable development, in part because these forest ecosystem services continue to be […]

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Forests

The transboundary displacement of deforestation under REDD+

Problematic intersections between the trade of forest-risk commodities and land grabbing in the Mekong region

The fragmentary adoption of REDD+ across forest nations leaves room for the displacement of deforestation from early-adopters and countries with more rigorous carbon-related regulatory regimes to late-adopters of REDD+. While this displacement is expected to be substantial, our empirical understanding of the causal pathways of transboundary displacement remains weak. Our research addresses this lacuna, focusing[…]

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Forests

Zooming In: Companies, Commodities, & Traceability Commitments that Count, 2018

By Stephen Donofrio - Senior Advisor, Supply Change, Philip Rothrock - Associate, Supply Change, Jonathan Leonard - Associate, Supply Change

“Zooming In” presents new analysis by Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative and Ceres about how companies that are committed to addressing commodity-driven deforestation are tracing supplies to their origin—be it factory, farm, field, or forest—so they can determine the impact their supply chains have on forests. Companies with exposure to deforestation in their supply chains […]

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Climate Forests

Mapping Forest Finance: A Landscape of Available Sources of Finance for REDD+ and Climate Action in Forests

By Breanna Lujan, Gustavo Silva-Chávez - Environmental Defense Fund, Forest Trends

This report identifies the sources of funding currently available for REDD+ and climate action in forests, and analyzes the challenges and opportunities for accessing and coordinating this finance. It serves as a resource for negotiators, policymakers, practitioners, NGOs, and others involved with the implementation of REDD+ and climate action in forests. Among other things, the […]

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Forests

Trade Measures to Support Legal and Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil

By Josh Gregory - Forest Trends

Brazil is a major producer and exporter of agricultural commodities (such as beef, soy, and cotton) that are associated with deforestation in the Amazon and surrounding regions. A way to reduce deforestation in Brazil, would be the implementation of trade measures, border policies directed at imports or exports of particular products. This report discusses two […]

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Forests

Peace in Myanmar Demands a Focus on Natural Resources and a Reform of their Management

By Forest Trends

Myanmar’s progress towards peace appears stalled. Since independence, the military and ethnic groups, living at the margins of both the country and its power structure, have fought in some of the world’s longest running civil wars. In 2015, one of the major coalitions of ethnic groups, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), refused to sign […]

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Forests Investments

Toward a Financial Architecture to Protect Tropical Forests

The Case of Brazil

By Rupert Edwards

This report focuses on Brazil both as a critical forest country and in order to describe an architecture of finance based on a particular framework of law and existing institutional efforts to protect forests. Despite a challenging macroeconomic environment, Brazil has the most developed legislative framework for tropical forest protection in the Forest Code, powerful […]

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Toward a Financial Architecture to Protect Tropical Forests

The Case of Brazil (Executive Summary)

By Rupert Edwards
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Forests

The Potential for the EITI to Bring Transparency to the Forestry Sector in Myanmar

Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant

By Forest Trends

Myanmar has chosen to include forestry in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). Although reporting and contract disclosure will be a challenge, if the EITI can increase transparency, it can help inform public debate and drive future reform. The more people understand, the harder it is for the sector to be corrupt.

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Forests Investments

Financing Conservation and Sustainable Land Use in the Amazon

Althelia’s Tambopata-Bahuaja REDD+ and Agroforestry Project

By Luis Miguel Ormeño and Joshua Gregory

Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), in co-management with the Asociación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Integral (AIDER) and with financial support from Althelia Ecosphere, is implementing the REDD+ Tambopata Bahuaja-Sonene Project as part of the Partial Administration Contract for the Tambopata National Reserve (RNTAMB) and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (PNBS), both NPAs […]

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Financiamiento de la conservación y uso sostenible del suelo en la Amazonia

Proyecto agroforestal y REDD+ Tambopata-Bahuaja de Althelia

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Forests Investments

Fertile Ground: State of Forest Carbon Finance 2017

By Kelley Hamrick, Melissa Gallant

Policymakers around the world recognize the potential for natural land area to combat climate change: a total of 97 countries mentioned specific plans to reduce emissions from deforestation or increase forest cover in their Paris Agreement commitments. As the international community and domestic lawmakers figure out how to meet their emissions reductions targets in a […]