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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information (deforestation)
Brazil's development bank announces $588m fund to reduce agricultural emissions by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 01, 2013 06:48 PM
Brazil's national development bank (BNDES) launched a 1 billion reais ($588 million) fund that will finance projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture, reports Reuters. BNDES lent 137 billion reais ($69 billion) in 2009—more than the World Bank.
REDD+ Opens Up New Opportunities for Forest Product Management in the Amazon by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM
The emergence of subnational REDD+ projects in southwestern Amazonia is showing potential for multiple-use management of non-timber forest products, particularly Brazil nuts, and forest carbon. Multiple-use forestry, which includes NTFPs, timber and environmental services, has gained momentum among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers as a way to promote forest conservation and livelihood development in the tropics.
The Surui Become the First Indigenous Tribe to Earn Carbon Credits under Internationally Recognized Standards by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:30 AM
A small tribe of indigenous people unknown to the outside world a half-century ago and once on the brink of extinction has harnessed an innovative forest carbon project to shield their territory from illegal logging and preserve their chosen way of life. As a result, the 1300-strong Paiter-Surui last week became the first indigenous tribe in the Amazon and globally to earn carbon credits under internationally recognized standards for keeping carbon locked in trees – setting the stage for scores of similar projects that can unleash needed funding for indigenous people who preserve endangered tropical rainforest across the Amazon.
File Safeguarding the World’s Water: 2008 Report on USAID Water Sector Activities by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 09:01 PM
This report summarizes USAID’s fiscal year 2008 investments and programs in safe drinking water and sanitation supply projects and related water management activities around the world through March/April 2009. The report describes all of USAID’s water management programs that help ensure water security and sustainability with equity. Featured Sep, 2009 in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories.
Google Earth Engine and the Surui by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:31 AM
Watch as Surui Chief Almir, ACT Brazil Director Vasco van Roosmalen, and Google Earth Engine Manager Rebecca Moore talk about how the Surui people in Brazil are working to counterbalance the effects of climate change through the Surui Carbon Project, and how they are using technology like Google Earth Engine to document it.
File USAID Global Waters: Breaking the Cycle of Despair in the Horn of Africa | October 2011 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 24, 2013 01:00 AM
Global Waters tells the story of our water-related efforts around the globe. The magazine features in-depth articles exploring solutions to the ongoing water crisis, opinion pieces by top development professionals and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries. Volume 02 | Issue 06
File USAID Global Waters: Striking a Balance In Latin America & the Caribbean | January 2012 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 24, 2013 12:58 AM
Global Waters tells the story of our water-related efforts around the globe. The magazine features in-depth articles exploring solutions to the ongoing water crisis, opinion pieces by top development professionals and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries. Volume III | Issue I
File Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 11, 2015 12:15 AM
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the ‘how' rather than the ‘what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors.
File West Africa USAID-USFS: Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support for the STEWARD Program; Mar 08 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:57 AM
USAID Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support for the Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Regional Development Program (STEWARD) An Assessment of Environmental Threats and Transboundary Development Opportunities in the Upper Guinean Forest Region
File Final Document: Nested Approaches to REDD+ by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:46 AM
An Overview of Issues and Options: Interest in “nested” approaches to REDD+ has grown steadily as policy makers, practitioners and investors seek to reconcile approaches to reducing, and rewarding, emissions reductions at different scales – national, subnational and project. The 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Cancun marked the UNFCCC’s formal acknowledgement of subnational approaches to REDD+ accounting and monitoring. National “readiness” processes for REDD+ in many countries explicitly seek to incorporate nested projects or demonstration activities, as do state or provincial mechanisms under the Governors´ Task Force on Climate and Forests.
File California Climate Legislation: Cap-and-Trade and International Forest Carbon Offsets by Robert O’Sullivan — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:52 AM
Prepared in advance of a webcast held on the AB 32 law for institutional investors and the general public, this briefing paper summarizes the findings and analysis of the full report produced by FCMC.
File California Cap-and-Trade and International Forest Carbon Offsets for Institutional Investors by Terra Global Capital, LLC — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:51 AM
This report was prepared to help educate institutional investors about forest carbon markets in general, and more specifically, how forest carbon elements of the new AB 32 law in California may impact institutional investors. AB 32 and the cap-and-trade program present risks, as well as opportunities, for institutional investors. This report reviews the cap-and-trade program, discusses the use of domestic and international forest offsets, and highlights the materiality of AB 32 on investments in California.
File Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Latin America and Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief by Janis B. Alcorn — last modified Apr 22, 2015 03:53 PM
This issues brief summarizes the information and analysis contained in the full report on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Latin America. It includes recommendations and key conclusions.
File Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Latin America and Their Relevance for REDD+ by Janis B. Alcorn — last modified Apr 22, 2015 03:55 PM
This report reviews lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Latin America and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. It is one of three regional reports on Africa, Asia and Latin America that FCMC is commissioning, as well as a global synthesis.
File Biodiversity Conservation Advances Global Health Priorities by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Sep 26, 2016 11:23 AM
A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity and healthy ecosystems provide goods and services (e.g. wild foods, pollination, climate regulation) that significantly contribute to human health and wellbeing and serve as a foundation for sustainable development.
File Tropical Forestry and Biodiversity (FAA 118 and 119) Analyses - Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Recent USAID Experience by webadmin — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:47 AM
In amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Sections 118 and 119, enacted in 1987, Congress imposed mandatory “Country Analysis Requirements” related to the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests and biological diversity on the U.S. Agency for International Development. This review of USAID’s recent experience in conducting and using Tropical Forestry and Biodiversity analyses was designed to identify the lessons learned from that experience, and to develop updated recommendations and practical, “how to” advice for Missions or Regional Bureaus based on the best practices that could be found. Produced in September, 2005. Under contract to ARD. Lead author: Bruce Byers (Feb 2006 revised copy posted)
File Putting People First Sociological Variables in Rural Development 2nd Ed by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:48 AM
Second Edition, Revised and Expanded By Michael M. Cernea , 1991, The World Bank This edition highlights the issues related to natural resources management (particularly water, forests, and fisheries), the environmental implications of development programs and the development of human capital through investments in forming grassroots organizations and promoting participation.
File Plan and Conserve A Sourcebook on Linking Population and Environment Services in Communities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:49 AM
By Robert Engelman, 1998, Population Action International (PAI) This publication presents the concept of community-based population and environment (CBPE) activites, stressing the provision of family planning and related services within that concept. It assembles an inventory of projects in developing countries in which organizations and communities are linking natural resource conservation and family planning activities.
File Population Dynamics, Migration, and the Future of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:49 AM
By Jenny Ericson, Mark S. Freudenberger, and Eckart Boege, 1999, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) This paper describes the population dynamics and in-migration around the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve located in the southern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It presents results from the initial phases of an applied research program developed explore the impact of population growth or distribution on biodiversity conservation around the reserve.
File An Ounce of Prevention Making the Link between Health and Conservation by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 11, 2013 02:01 PM
By Richard Margoluis, Samuel Myers, Jonnell Allen, Juanita Roca, Mary Melnyk, Jennifer Swanson, 2001, Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) It is clear that many local populations rely directly on the biodiversity around them for survival, and that they prefer not to destroy it. How then can the conservation community take advantage of this naturally occurring incentive to conserve? What are some of the characteristics of community-based conservation and development projects that successfully link human health to conservation? This document examines human health at personal, family, and community levels as a motivating force for conservation.
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