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Does the pressure for impact compromise research?

CIFOR POLEX screenshotCIFOR Director General Frances Seymour asks in her blog this month, "When is the right time to talk publicly about new findings from a research project?" After attending a series of conferences in Europe, she says that the research findings being shared were sometimes based on partial data and/or preliminary analysis, and had not yet been published or subjected to peer review. "In the wake of Climategate, this would appear to be risky. On the other hand, the significant social and environmental impacts of forest loss underscore an urgency to share findings as soon as possible." What is the right balance between prudence and responsiveness?

Special Brazil multimedia feature
Protecting forests, fighting climate change: Searching for lessons in the Amazon

Why I am woman at the table? In an effort to make the latest on-the-ground research about REDD+ more accessible to a broader range of stakeholders, CIFOR's Outreach Manager Daniel Cooney, a former correspondent for The Associated Press, joined a research team in the Amazon, looking at the successes and challenges of a REDD+ pilot project. The result is a series of nine stories and interviews, six videos and dozens of photographs – all of which are available for use by other organizations and media outlets. See the multimedia feature here.

Some headlines:

Blog Science Dispatch
Tanzania's burning question: Can REDD succeed amid a charcoal addiction?

Redd News Update: Indonesia Salla Rantala, who leads CIFOR's REDD+ studies in Tanzania, writes a blog story about the challenges of making REDD work in a country where 90% of the population uses wood fuels: "There is a broad consensus among policy actors in Tanzania that it is crucial to address the charcoal question for REDD+ policies to be effective. But with the REDD+ discussion largely compartmentalized inside the forest sector, do they have the will and the adequate means to act on it?"

Other Science Dispatches this month:

New Publication
Is China unique? Exploring the behaviour of Chinese and European firms in the Cameroonian logging sector

What it is take This paper takes a deep look at corporate practices in the extractive industry in Cameroon and explores the extent to which corporate behaviour varies between Chinese and non-Chinese companies. Through a general analysis of Cameroonian timber production and trade, and a detailed analysis of two European companies (one FSC-certified) and one Chinese company (without FSC certification), this paper assesses the effects of Chinese capital and China-related trade on rural livelihoods and forest condition in the Cameroonian forestry sector.

Forests Indonesia: Alternative futures to meet demands for food, fibre, fuel and REDD+

Forest Day 4 Register now to attend this Sept. 27 conference in Jakarta, which will be hosted by CIFOR and supported by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as the Program on Forests (PROFOR). It will provide a platform for leaders of government, business, civil society, as well as the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim is scheduled to attend.

Poverty and Environment Network
New global study shows high reliance on forests among rural poor

A guide to learning about livelihood impacts of REDD+ Income from forests and other natural environments makes a significant contribution to the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries, according to a six-year global study that has documented for the first time on such a scale the role that the environment plays in poverty alleviation. Read the press release.

Blog: For richer or poorer: Hidden environmental income critical for rural poverty alleviation

Consensus to bushmeat conundrum lies somewhere near the fuzzy middle

A guide to learning about livelihood impacts of REDD+ Former East Africa bureau chief for The Associated Press, Susan Linnee blogs for us from a bushmeat conference in Nairobi: “Finding consensus to one of the greatest threats to biodiversity has drawn together both determined protectors of endangered wildlife and passionate defenders of the traditional rights of indigenous people to live by hunting.” A press release from the conference notes that if bushmeat consumption was to be replaced by local beef, as much as 80 percent of the Democratic Republic of Congo would have to be pastures.”

Other stories from the Nairobi conference:

Forest Day 4

Forest Day 5
Call for participation in new Issues Marketplace

Forest Day last year had more than 1,500 participants, including 270 climate negotiators, 100 journalists and the Mexican president. This year, Forest Day will occur on Dec. 4, in Durban, South Africa on the sidelines of the 17th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. There have been some changes to the day's agenda, including introduction of an Issues Marketplace. This will allow more time and space for attendees to network with each other – and to be able to do it in a structured manner. Though Forest Day 5 is not for another five months, we are inviting submissions now for people who wish to participate. Click here for more information.

Upcoming events

The International Youth Summit on Climate and Energy (IYSECC)
22 July 2011 – 24 July 2011, Peking University, Beijing, China. more

Second Regional Forum for People and Forests (RECOFTC)
08 August 2011 – 10 August 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. more

International Day of the World's Indigenous People
09 August 2011, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat. more

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