This issue brief describes analyses by the World Resources
Institute (WRI) in support of emerging payments for watershed
services (PWS) programs in two major watersheds in Maine and
North Carolina and insights gleaned from work in progress. The
three pilot initiatives discussed represent different approaches to
establishing PWS programs that protect forests and other green
This Working Paper analyzes Indonesia’s moratorium on new licenses in primary natural forests and peat lands. The research seeks to better characterize the moratorium’s potential impacts and identify opportunities for improvement.
Todd Gartner and C. Josh Donlan (Advanced Conservation Strategies)
This issue brief reports on the mechanics of and lessons learned from a conservation incentive program focused on the gopher tortoise. Its aim is to inform the successful design and implementation of other candidate programs emerging throughout the southern forests and greater United States.
In June 2011, the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) requested input on a guidance document for its REDD+ “safeguard information system.” 26 groups have submitted input to date; this Working Paper describes and summarizes those submissions.
This brief provides an overview of the Carbon Canopy, a novel partnership among companies, landowners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that seeks to leverage markets for ecosystem services to increase the area of southern U.S. forests certified as sustainably managed. It is designed to inform companies, NGOs, and other organizations
interested in developing or participating in similar programs
that link forest certification with carbon offsets.
Restoring functionality and productive capacity to forests and landscapes in order to provide food, fuel, and fiber, improve livelihoods, store carbon, improve adaptive capacity, conserve biodiversity, prevent erosion and improve water supply.
This issue brief explores forest carbon offsets in the context of the southern United States. It is intended as an introductory resource for southern
woodland owners, nongovernmental organizations active in
the region, offset project developers, and other forest carbon
offset market stakeholders.
This WRI/WBCSD publication is an information and decision-making tool to help customers develop their own sustainable procurement policies for wood and paper-based products. It also has information on existing approaches to procurement from legal and sustainable sources.
This paper explores current use valuation programs as one tool for
conserving and fostering sustainable management of southern U.S.
forests under private ownership. The brief identifies key constraints
on existing programs and suggests measures that could be
implemented to enhance program effectiveness.