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This working paper identifies key national mitigation policies and quantifies their emissions abatement potential to allow Indonesia to select a strategy to deliver on its climate commitment. The analysis focuses on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the land-use and energy sectors, which account for over 80 percent of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Forests contribute to a broad range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and deforestation can undermine their achievement. With development strategies on the agenda at this week's UN General Assembly, the authors of Why Forests? Why Now? offer points to ponder.

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As Brazilian President Michel Temer fought for his political life over the past three months, he sought support from powerful interests to keep from being impeached. His efforts paid off, but this victory for the president brought a threat to his nation’s indigenous peoples and to Brazil’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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Frances Seymour talks about her contributions to setting up a $1 million prize to stir innovation in technology for locating peat, a project WRI Indonesia is overseeing. Indonesia's peatlands are one of the world's premier stocks of carbon, but mapping them remains a stubborn hurdle to their protection.

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Frances Seymour, author of Why Forests, Why Now, talks about the fuel faith can give us to confront the injustice of climate change.

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Returning to WRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow on forest and governance issues, Frances Seymour reflects on the impact of technology and international efforts to turn the tide on deforestation.

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This paper discusses findings from a spatial land use change modeling study on future forest loss in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s forests. Key findings include a historical analysis of forest loss, identification of the influence of drivers on forest loss, the amount and location of future forest loss and associated carbon emissions, and implications for future land-use and climate policy decisions.

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