In 2007, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) placed efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) at the center of the international negotiations for a new global climate
An update on the role of forests and REDD+ in the international climate negotiations.
Expanding agriculture onto already degraded lands could relieve pressure on the world’s remaining forests.
Common data and clear definitions will enable the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and REDD+ policy-makers to achieve a shared goal: sustainable oil palm expansion on degraded land in Indonesia.
A new WRI project will quantify forest degradation and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the forests of the Republic of Congo.
Can forest-rich countries learn from the mistakes of extractive projects and avoid unleashing their own resource curse?
Climate-related forest actions
The world’s forests play a unique and complex role in the global carbon budget, as emissions from land use change—particularly deforestation— represent around 12–15% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet
In May 2010, Norway agreed to contribute up to $1 billion towards reducing deforestation and forest degradation and loss of peatland in Indonesia, which now account for more than 80 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The “Letter of Intent” is a promising first step, yet the two countries must still settle key details of the agreement. Below is WRI’s analysis of the Letter of Intent and recommendations for what should be addressed next.
An update on the role of forests and REDD in the international climate negotiations.
By losing forest, the United States also loses one of its best defenses against climate change.
To combat global warming, forests must be part of the solution. How can we make good forest stewardship a reality?
To be successful, money pledged to protect forests must tackle the underlying drivers of deforestation.
The world’s forests, both their use and loss have a critical role for international efforts to counter climate change.
The scarcity of information on local and indigenous perspectives on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) may inhibit the development of effective REDD-related measures in the Congo Basin. The World Resources Institute (WRI), along with the
WRI identifies key elements for a successful and possible outcome in Copenhagen.
Competing demands for food, fuel and profit are driving the loss and degradation of the world’s remaining forests. Governments, the private sector, and citizens are struggling to manage the conflicts
President Lula’s targeted vetoes to controversial but landmark legislation mark significant progress towards protecting the Amazon forest.
Reliable, long-term funding from the U.S. and other developed countries could help maintain forests and mitigate climate change.
By December 2009 the 191 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are expected to have drawn up the next global climate agreement.