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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information (deforestation)
File Salvaguardas: Socioambientales de REDD+ by Leif Kindberg — last modified Jul 06, 2015 01:42 PM
Este documento presenta los resultados de una iniciativa liderada por WWF-Colombia, con el apoyo de GIZ y FCMC y el acompañamiento del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (MADS), cuyo objetivo es desarrollar de manera colectiva los lineamientos para la construcción de un Esquema Nacional de Salvaguardas para REDD+ en Colombia. Este proceso contó con la partición de diferentes actores, e involucró a organizaciones comunitarias (indígenas, afrocolombianas y campesinas), un grupo multidisciplinario de expertos (en temas sociales, legales y de biodiversidad) y un conjunto de consultores en diferentes temas, los cuales aportaron al resultado final de este proceso.
File Oil palm expansion transforms tropical landscapes and livelihoods by Shreya Mehta — last modified Apr 07, 2013 07:56 PM
Oil palm is a highly profitable crop adapted to the humid tropics and the area devoted to this crop is likely to expand significantly in the future. It has many environmentally favourable attributes over its full life cycle. When well managed it has a positive carbon balance and when grown in a landscape mosaic it can play a role in biodiversity conservation. It has driven rapid economic growth in several tropical developing countries and contributed to the alleviation of rural poverty. Abuses during periods of rapid estate expansion into areas of natural forest and onto the lands of poor rural communities have led to criticism by environmental and social activists. With good governance oil palm can make valuable contributions to development and the resulting prosperity may free people to invest in better environmental practices.
File Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon Featured June 18, 2011 by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 07:49 PM
This Annual Outlook for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011) presents the overall workplan of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regional project for the Amazon, the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA).This Outlook is organized around ICAA’s Performance Management Plan and its three Intermediate Results: Capacity building, Policy implementation, and Leveraging new resources for conservation ICAA, is a five-year program (FY07-11), includes US $35 million in support from USAID and US $10 million in cost-sharing support from implementing partners. Through ICAA, USAID funds 20 partner organizations organized under four field consortia and a Support Unit. Work is underway in the four countries of the Andean Amazon: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In addition, ICAA consortia coordinate closely with USAID’s bilateral mission programs in the region, as well as with national governments, universities and other Amazonian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and networks.
File Ecosystem Services: A Primer for Biodiversity Conservation by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 05:13 PM
Ecosystem services: A Primer for Biodiversity Conservation - Why development success depends on the conservation of plant, animal, and microbial diversity and the services they provide. This primer is designed to help clarify what ecosystem services are, what is meant by biodiversity, why the two are inextricably linked, and how sustainable development is ultimately tied to these concepts.
File Consolidating National REDD+ Accounting and Subnation Activities in Ghana by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
An assessment compiled by Forest Trends and Climate Focus aimed at strengthening national and project level capacity REDD+ in Ghana. The assessment reviews options for integrating subnational activities on REDD into the design of the national REDD+ plan in Ghana in a manner consistent with the emerging international REDD+ policy. The report describes the potential subnational approaches to REDD+ and technical arrangements for operationalizing these approaches, reviews REDD+ initiatives in Ghana and considers how they could benefit from international REDD+ incentives under the different subnational approaches, and researches specific aspects surrounding the implementation and development of subntational activities.
File FY10 Programmatic Report to USAID-TransLinks Program and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) from Forest Trends by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:50 PM
This report reviews the FY10 accomplishments and work products related to: benefits and revenue sharing from PES analysis, legal analysis for PES in Peru, PES training modules, Katoomba - central Africa Planning, Katoomba - Marine meeting (February 2010), Katoomba - Mekong (June 2010), Katoomba - MAP event and USAID Brownbag on forest carbon (September 2010). Each work product is discussed in detail within the report.
File Learning about Payments for Ecosystem Services: A Framework for developing forest carbon projects (Spanish) by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
Guide from Forest Trends outlining Payments for Ecosystem Services and creating a framework for developing forest carbon projects. In Spanish.
File Legal Frameworks for REDD - Design and Implementation at the National Level (IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 77) by LiLing Choo — last modified Feb 20, 2013 01:35 AM
Supplementary material for Forest Trend's Payments for Ecosystem Services Training Modules and Resources. Paper written by John Costenbader (Ed.), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This paper provides a detailed overview of regulatory design and implementation options specifically for a non-lawyer audience. This paper is based on the findings from four case studies (Brazil, Cameroon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea), each representing varying geographies, forest cover and deforestation rates and stages of REDD preparation. The study questions whether legal clarity is an essential component for successful national REDD programs.
File Payments for Ecosystem Services & Environmental Markets: Training Modules by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
A manual produced by Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group to provide capacity building materials for specific audiences regarding payments for ecosystem services and environmental markets. This manual outlines training modules for specific audiences with subject matter and learning objectives specific to that audience; public sector, private sector, public and non-profit sector, and rural communities.
File Payments for Ecosystem Services - Legal and Institutional Frameworks (IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 78) by LiLing Choo — last modified Feb 20, 2013 01:14 AM
Supplementary material by Thomas Greiber (Ed), IUCN and the Katoomba Group for Forest Trend's Payments for Ecosystem Services Training Modules and Resources. This paper serves as a diagnostic tool to better understand the necessary legal and institutional basis for water-related PES schemes. The paper provides a background of PES, understanding water-related ecosystem services, the importance of legal frameworks for PES, the scope and contect of PES-related legislation, understanding and realizing the importance of property rights for PES, enabling public and private institutions and their roles in PES and the importance of governance for watershed PES. This paper also includes reports from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
File Summary Report for Community Capacity Building Workshop on PES & REDD - MAP Series, May 24-27, 2010, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Perú by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
Summary Report for the PES and REDD workshop - Course: Payments for Ecosystem Services and REDD for Community Leaders, May 24-27, 2010 in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru. Report covers the Community and Capacity Building Workshop on PES & REDD - MAP series.
File Presentation - The importance of socio-environmental standards for REDD projects by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM
Presentation by Lucio Pedroni, Carbon Decisions International, given at the PES and REDD workshop - Course: Payments for Ecosystem Services and REDD for Community leaders, May 24-27, 2010 in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru. Presentation reviews the importance of socio-environmental standards for REDD project, explaining why standards are necessary, the structure of the standards and the risks and opportunities of the projects. The presentation is in Spanish.
File State of Biodiversity Markets: Offset and Compensation Programs Worldwide by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
This report highlights the spectrum of biodiversity markets aimed at reducing development impacts to biodiversity, a practice referred to as compensatory mitigation. Some countries are in the early stages of implementation or identification of this practice, while others have mature systems. This report describes the background, scope and methods of compensatory mitigation and examples of compensation programs in North America, Central & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and the developing programs in Africa.
File Ecosystem Marketplace-State of Watershed Payments by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 08:50 PM
A global research effort conducted by Ecosystem Marketplace identified a total of approximately 288 payments for watershed services (PWS) and water quality trading (WQT) programs in varying stages of activity over the past 30 years. In 2008, the baseline year, about 127 programs were actively receiving payments or transacting credits. The total transaction value from all programs actively engaged in 2008 is estimated at US$9.3 billion. Over the entire time span of recorded activity, total transaction value is estimated at slightly more than US$50 billion, impacting some 3.24 billion hectares. This report has 3 objectives, 1) to use project-level data to estimate the overall size and scope of the payments directed to protest or restore watershed services; 2) to account for the full spectrum of watershed services activities and track changes going forward, and 3) to look ahead at the opportunities and challenges based on the current level of transactions, experimentation, and lessons learned. Featured in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories, September 7, 2010.
File Community engagement and training parabiologists - Midterm Report by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 03:02 PM
Midterm Report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Programs, August 18, 2010
File How much does land titling cost? by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
Paper by Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
File Land tenure and deforestation research update by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
Report
File Research on land tenure, forest governance, and land use change in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
OVERVIEW: As part of our overall engagement with partners in Ecuador, we are performing research in the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana, in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, referred to locally as the “Oriente”. We explore the relationship between land tenure and land use change in this region, looking specifically at land tenure security, deforestation, and the varying impacts of different forms of forest management and land tenure on forest cover outcomes. Our two main studies, along with information on our partners, are outlined below. A primary objective of this overall body of research is to help inform the ongoing implementation, monitoring, and amplification of Ecuador’s national PES program, SocioBosque.
File Security in land tenure and incentives for forest conservation by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
ECOLEX Report (in Spanish). Title: Seguridad en la tenencia de la tierra e incentivos para la conservación de bosques)
File Whom to pay? Key Concepts and Terms Regarding Tenure and Property Rights in Payment-based Forest Ecosystem Conservation by LiLing Choo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:52 PM
Tenure Brief, No. 15: December 2010 - We define key tenure terms related to forests and highlight concepts likely to be encountered in the design, implementation or evaluation of incentive-based conservation programs—such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Additionally, we discuss policy options that can clarify property rights and strengthen tenure security.
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