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More than one billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods, and most of them are among the poorest people on earth. Primary forests, particularly tropical primary forests, are also home to half or more of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has the potential to improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change, but this significant potential can only be realized with the right approach. Learn about IUCN's approach to REDD+

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arborvitae Issue 46 - REDD+ from Negotiations to Action

  • UNFCCC: The road to Paris COP 21 and updates from Lima COP 20
  • Using REDD+ to meet national objectives in West and Central Africa
  • REDD+ and forest landscape restoration
  • A human rights-based approach to REDD+
  • Emmanuel Nuesiri relates a cautionary tale about REDD+ consultations in Nigeria 
  • Insights on national action in Guatemala, Uganda, Papua Province and Ghana
  • Claudio Schneider discusses progress in international climate and REDD+ negotiations
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20 May 2015 | Downloads - publication

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How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy

Ruth Metzel of The Forests Dialogue offers insights on seven needs for translating REDD+ benefit sharing practice into policy and how to fulfill them. …  

16 Apr 2015 | Blogs

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

  • Global restoration of forest landscapes - where are the opportunities? What are the benefits?
  • Spotlight on the Bonn Challenge, the largest restoration inititative the world has ever seen.
  • "What forest restoration means to me" - Interviews with humanitarian Bianca Jagger, filmmaker John Liu and many more. 
  • Assessing restoration potential at the national and subnational level.
  • Mobilizing support for the global restoration movement.

13 Jun 2014 | Downloads - publication

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The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: A competencies framework

From forest-dependent communities to government staff, many stakeholders are in need of comprehensive information to effectively engage in the design and implementation of REDD+ activities. Recognizing this need, members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) have created The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework, a single reference that enables readers to quickly understand key concepts, policy benchmarks, technical elements, skills, tools and resources for ten specific REDD+ themes. …  

08 Apr 2014 | Downloads - document

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Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

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Dutch companies move to counter climate change by tackling deforestation

Four companies based in the Netherlands, Essent, Eneco, Desso and Dutch Development Bank FMO, are launching a unique programme to reduce tropical deforestation in an effort to tackle climate change. …   | Dutch

19 Nov 2013 | News story

Call for papers S.A.P.I.EN.S

Call for papers on Large-Scale Restoration of Ecosystems.

S.A.P.I.EN.S journal of Veolia Environment Institute is calling for papers on how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Downloads - document

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Environmental Economics & Landscape Restoration

Interview with Michael Verdone, IUCN’s environmental economist working in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Audio

Guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados

Guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados

Esta guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados (IBLC, o ILCF por sus siglas en inglés) es el resultado de la iniciativa de la Growing Forest Partnerships, mediante la cual The Forests Dialogue coordinó 11 diálogos de gran alcance en los que participaron inversionistas, poseedores de derechos, gobiernos, donantes y otros actores interesados en el tema. Ante todo es una herramienta que permite tomar medidas prácticas, y los consejos que proporciona parten de una sólida evidencia que ha demostrado que las empresas forestales controladas localmente pueden ser exitosas, sostenibles y rentables para las partes que intervienen en ellas. Proporciona una visión de desarrollo basada en el mercado, enraizada en una comprensión de la economía de mercado globalizada, y se centra en el papel que desempeñan las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PyMEs); la “pieza faltante” en muchas economías en desarrollo. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

LCF Guide

Guide to investing in locally controlled forestry

This guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) is an outcome of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative that engaged The Forests Dialogue to co-ordinate 11 wideranging dialogues involving investors, rights-holders, governments, donors and others on this topic. It is primarily a tool for practical action and its advice draws on strong evidence showing that locally-controlled forestry enterprises can be successful, sustainable and profitable for all stakeholders. It offers a market-based view of development, rooted in an understanding of the globalised, free-market economy, and concentrates on a role for Small Medium Entreprises (SMEs) – the ‘missing middle’ of many developing economies. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

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REDD+ IN GHANA: Promoting a Pro-poor approach

Ghana's contribution to international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change

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