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Ecuador Shows Why Communities and the Climate Need Strong Forest Rights

Recent research from WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative found that the world’s 513 million hectares of legally recognized community forests store 37 billion tonnes of carbon—29 times the annual carbon footprint of the world’s passenger vehicles.

However, it’s not enough to just legally recognize Indigenous Peoples’ forest rights—governments must also protect these rights from industries and other interests. The impacts of oil extraction in Ecuador illustrate why secure community forest rights are necessary to protect both livelihoods and the environment.

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By the Numbers: The New Climate Economy

How should politicians prioritize between robust economic growth and solving the problem of climate change?

A new report reveals an encouraging answer: There’s no need to choose. Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that low-carbon investments—if done right—could cost about the same as conventional infrastructure, but would deliver significantly greater economic, social, and environmental benefits in the long-run.

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The UN Climate Summit: What's in it for Cities?

City leaders will have a key role at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders and civil society representatives to work toward an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.

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WASHINGTON- As heads of state, business leaders and civil society head to New York City for the UN Climate Summit on September 23, World Resources Institute will host a press teleconference with Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP20 President and Environment Minister, Peru; Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands; and Dr. Zou Ji, Deputy Director of the NCSC (think tank of NDRC) in China.

Note corrected time: 9:30 a.m. ET//1:30 p.m. GMT

WASHINGTON— Senior representatives from the World Resources Institute (WRI), including President Andrew Steer, will hold a press call to provide insights and context for the upcoming UN Climate Summit. The experts will focus on key areas where major announcements and developments are expected, especially around cities, forests, and finance.

The press call will take place on Friday, September 12 at 9:30 A.M. EDT//1:30 P.M. GMT.

New Study Reveals Weaknesses in Brazil’s Forest and Environmental Funds

Brazil is a big investor in environmental stewardship, including several government-managed funds meant to protect the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. However, new analysis shows that in many cases, these funds aren’t being properly managed.

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Securing Rights for People and the Climate in Africa

The just concluded U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit focused attention on Africa’s promises and challenges, including energy, agriculture and the $14 billion in investment pledged by companies. The visiting heads of state—just shy of 50—also discussed climate change and its effects on crop production, nutrition and food security. New research by the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative on the climate dividends of secure community land rights can help Africa address these challenges.

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