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REDD+ in Brazil: Coordination needed. Now
BY BARBARA FRASER
Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found.
But any new government policy to combat the problem may be undermined by lack of coordination and communication, says one of the study’s authors, Monica Di Gregorio, a senior CIFOR associate.
Sharing information and coordinating efforts are crucial for implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), the study claims.
So, to map information-sharing and collaboration networks in Brazil, researchers used questionnaires and in-depth interviews with 56 representatives of government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, research institutions private-sector organizations and donors.
The study found that coordination among those groups is inconsistent.
Read the full article: Forests News
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An oil palm plantation in southwestern Cameroon. Cash crops like palm oil still fetch a higher price here than forest-carbon incentive programs like REDD+. Flore de Preneuf/PROFOR photo
REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa’s forests? Not yet, study says
BY JOAN BAXTER
Unfortunately, with the current prices on the carbon markets, REDD+ does not bring significant additional benefits
Enforcing sustainable logging and assigning a monetary value to the carbon stored in forest concessions managed under the REDD+ mechanism will not be enough to curb deforestation in Central Africa.
Across the Congo Basin it is more profitable to cut down the forest and replace it with cash crops, and REDD+ schemes (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) are of little help to reverse this trend, according to a new study.
Scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and CIRAD, a French agricultural and development research center, worked together to investigate the profitability of different uses of forest land in the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. The research was part of the FORAFAMA project to support the sustainable management of forests in the Congo Basin and the Brazilian Amazon Basin, funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).
Research revealed the extent to which concessions in Cameroon and Congo are threatened by the push for agro-industrial plantations, primarily rubber and oil palm.
Read the full article: Forest News
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Nigeria: Agency Seeks Support for Great Green Wall Project
21 JANUARY 2015
By Alex Abutu
The Director General, National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW), Goni Ahmed, has called on stakeholders to support the Great Green Wall Programme so as to deliver dividends to Nigerians.
Goni said this recently when he received representatives of World Bank and REDD+Secretariat.
The Director General said the support and assistance from stakeholders would ensure the desertification threatening the northern region was brought under control.
He was of the view that desertification had drastically affected the quality of life in northern Nigeria, stressing that it had resulted in high levels of migration, instability, damaging the social fabric of the North and confining them to a future of low productivity, limited economic growth and marginalization.
Read the full article: Daily Trust