How effective are protected areas in conserving biodiversity?

How effective are protected areas in conserving biodiversity? Terry Sunderland, CIFOR Scientist for the Forests and Livelihoods programme, writes this month's POLEX, which argues that protected areas may not be the most effective means of conservation. He reviews an article newly published in Forests Ecology & Management that was co-authored by CIFOR Scientist Manuel Guariguata, which found that community-managed forests experienced lower annual deforestation rates and less variation in rates of forest cover loss than protected or state owned "parks". The findings, he argues, highlight the need to incorporate local people into the management of natural resources from design to implementation of REDD+.

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Press release
Robert Nasi appointed director of new CGIAR consortium research programme

How effective are protected areas in conserving biodiversity? Dr Robert Nasi, Director for the Forests and Environment Programme at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), has been selected to be head of a new CGIAR consortium research programme, Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance. The programme, foreseen to be carried out over the next decade, is designed to meet the challenge for strategic, targeted and more collaborative research to support better management and governance of the world's dwindling forests and trees in agricultural landscapes. Read the press release.

Updated publication
The context of REDD+ in Brazil: drivers, agents, and institutions

The context of REDD+ in Brazil: drivers, agents, and institutions Brazil's efforts to step up REDD+ activities with the development of a national REDD+ strategy could be undermined by proposed changes to the country's Forest Code, which could delay policy reforms and new legislation needed to curb deforestation in the Amazon, says this newly updated publication.

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'Snapshot' of REDD+ in Papua New Guinea

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea Despite being a leading proponent of REDD+ during international negotiations and housing the third largest tract of intact tropical forest in the world, poor governance conditions in Papua New Guinea have frustrated efforts to create an enabling environment for REDD+ and progress in readiness activities has been slow. This CIFOR infobrief provides a 'snapshot' of the context for REDD+ in Papua New Guinea, the evolution of REDD+ to date, and identifies key issues in moving forward. To read the full article, click here.

Top experts to attend Forests Indonesia

Redd News Update: Indonesia Leading international and national experts on forests and their role in supporting the economy and the fight against climate change will convene for the Forests Indonesia conference in Jakarta on 27 September 2011. Guest speakers include Norway's Minister for the Environment, H.E. Erik Solheim, Dr. Andrew Steer, Special Envoy on Climate Change at the World Bank and Indonesia's Minister of Forestry, H.E. Zulkifli Hasan. The conference will provide a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. Register here.

Forest Day 4

Registration Opens for Forest Day 5 in Durban

Registration for Forest Day 5 is now open. Hosted on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP), Forest Day has become one of the most influential events on forests worldwide. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended. This year Forest Day 5 will be held in Durban, South Africa on 4 December. Register now as a participant or for an exhibition booth or poster display. Register here.

Upcoming events

2nd World Biodiversity Congress
8 – 12 September 2011, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. more

ENO Conference 2011 - Act Now! Forest for Future
13 – 17 September 2011, Joensuu, Finland. more

IASC European Meeting
14 – 17 September 2011, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. more

2011 Governor's Climate and Forests Task Force Annual Meeting
20 – 22 September 2011, Luwansa Hotel, Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. more

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