What does REDD+ really cost

What does REDD+ really cost Arild Angelsen, CIFOR Senior Associate, writes this month's POLEX, asking: "What does REDD+ cost?" At least since the influential Stern Review was published in 2006, many have argued that REDD+ is one of the cheapest options to mitigate climate change. Others see the REDD+ mechanism as a costly effort with unpredictable results for the climate and forest peoples of the world. Who is right?

In the management of forests, gender matters

Why I am woman at the table? Terry Sunderland, CIFOR Senior Scientist, blogs about gender differentiation of roles related to rural livelihoods, based on preliminary results from a six-year global study. "Contrary to popular wisdom, the value of forest products collected by men surpasses the value of forest products collected by women. It was also found that women tend to specialise in the collection and processing on forest products that are used for subsistence, whereas men tend to specialise in the harvest of forest products for sale."

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Top global climate/forest experts to attend Forests Indonesia

Redd News Update: Indonesia Erik Solheim, the Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development, has confirmed he will attend the Forests Indonesia Conference on Tuesday, September 27. The meeting, to be held in Jakarta, is being organized by CIFOR in association with leading business groups, NGOs, development agencies and the Government of Indonesia. The event will provide a platform for 800 leaders of all stakeholder groups to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the country in the sustainable use of its forests. For more information and to register, click here.

Elephants learn to feed on coffee as resources in Indian forests become scarce

Why I am woman at the table? Elephants foraging for food in the forests of southern India have taken to feasting on coffee berries as increasing tracts of privately controlled forest areas are being overtaken by expanding coffee estates, says a new CIFOR/CIRAD study. If this new behaviour spreads through the 9,000-strong Asian elephant population currently living in Kodagu (Karnataka State), one of the world's largest contiguous population of Asian elephants, it will compound an already severe conflict situation between landholders and the elephants destroying their valuable coffee crops. Read the full blog story.

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