Mapping Tree Plantations with Multispectral Imagery: Preliminary Results for Seven Tropical Countriesby Rachael Petersen, Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Nancy Harris, Sarah Sargent, Dmitry Aksenov, Alexander Manisha, Elena Esipova, Varada Shevade, Tatiana Loboda, Natalia Kuksina and Irina Kurakina - January 2016
Tree plantations continue to expand worldwide to meet demand for timber, wood fiber, fruits, and vegetable oils such as palm oil. Many countries report national statistics on the area of land in plantations, but the extent and locations of these plantations are often not documented. This study...
How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Changeby Caleb Stevens, Robert Winterbottom, Katie Reytar and Jenny Springer, Director of Global Programs, Rights and Resources Initiative - July 2014
An analysis of the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Lessons from Cameroon, Indonesia, and Peruby Loretta Cheung, Kemen Austin, Andhyta Utami, Jennifer Bangoura and Fred Stolle - February 2014
This working paper examines the institutional, human resources, and financial capacities of three countries that have developed a forest and land-use information system, and highlights common enabling factors and challenges.
FORMA, DETER, and PRODESby David Wheeler, Dan Hammer, Robin Kraft and Aaron Steele - February 2014
The advent of near-real-time forest monitoring can dramatically strengthen efforts by governments, businesses, and communities to conserve and sustainably manage the world’s forests.
This issue brief introduces a system called FORest Monitoring for Action (FORMA), which provides near-...
Impacts and Next Stepsby Kemen Austin, Ariana Alisjahbana, Andika Putraditama, Fred Stolle, Taryono Darusman, Rachmat Boediono, Bambang Eko Budianto, Christian Purba, Giorgio Budi Indrarto and Erica Pohnan - January 2014
The authors identify opportunities for progress with the recently extended Indonesian forest moratorium, a policy aiming to protect an area the size of Japan from development.