Blog and video interview
REDD+ best chance for progress on climate change at Durban, says CIFOR scientist

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia ConferenceREDD+ offers the best chance for progress at the U.N. climate change negotiations in Durban, says Louis Verchot, CIFOR's leading climate change scientist. "There is an agreement on the part of developing countries to implement REDD+, and on the part of the developed countries to provide financial and technical assistance to achieve this. But there is not yet an agreement on the mechanisms for how that's going to happen."

Blog and video interview
3 sticking points to tackle on REDD+ in Durban, says negotiation facilitator

 Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference Tony La Viņa, who facilitates REDD+ negotiations at the U.N. climate change summits, said that while he is optimistic of progress at the talks in Durban, there are three main negotiation sticking points that could slow a programme to safeguard the world's forests that are major stores of greenhouse gasses.

Other blog stories about COP17 & Durban:

Can you log your forest and eat it too?

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea "Is it possible to limit the negative impacts of logging on the food security and income of rural people dependent on non-timber forest products (NTFPs)?" asks CIFOR scientist Peter Cronkleton in this month's POLEX, which reviews a recent article in the Forest Ecology and Management journal that examines how forest-dependent families are adapting to livelihood changes caused by logging. Drawing on case studies from Brazil, Cameroon and Indonesia, the article argues that the negative consequences for NTFPs could be mitigated if the affected communities were given stronger roles over decisions affecting forests use.

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Forest Day 4

World's top climate change and REDD+ experts to attend Forest Day in Durban

More than 1,000 forestry experts, activists, policymakers, global leaders and climate change negotiators will gather on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Durban for the fifth annual Forest Day to discuss how forests can be better harnessed to slow the pace of global warming and help communities adapt to the changing environment. Click here to see the line-up of about 60 speakers and to register for the event on Sunday, 4 December.

Other CIFOR side events in Durban:

CIFOR DG unveils new communications model & its impact worldwide

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference At the Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Beijing earlier this month, Director General Frances Seymour gave a keynote address about CIFOR's work bridging the gap between research, policy and practice through new and innovative approaches to communications. You can read an overview of CIFOR's communications work and watch the video here.

Blog stories from the Asia Pacific Forestry Week:

Science Dispatch
Killed for keratin? The unnecessary extinction of the rhinoceros

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference In recent weeks, the newswires have been abuzz with reports of the extinction of two sub-species of rhinoceros. In late November, the reported death of the last Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam confirmed much of what many in the conservation world had suspected for some time: that this sub-species is now extinct. Sadly, in the past week or so, Africa's Western Black rhino has also been declared extinct. "Why do we seem powerless to protect the remaining rhinos in Africa and Asia?" asks CIFOR scientist Terry Sunderland.

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SBY and Indonesia's forests: A legacy in the making?

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia ConferenceFollowing CIFOR's Forests Indonesia Conference held in September, where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a historic commitment to dedicate the last three years of his presidency to protecting Indonesia's forests, CIFOR DG Frances Seymour writes about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as Indonesia moves toward a sustainable economy and leads the way in developing REDD+ programmes. In this article she argues that despite the challenges, "we should be optimistic about Indonesia's chances for success."

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Upcoming events

17th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) and 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 7)
28 November 2011 – 09 December 2011, Durban, South Africa. more

25th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2011)
28 November 2011 – 02 December 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand. more

International Conference on Tropical Forest amidst Globalisation and Climate Change 2011
29 – 30 November 2011, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor. more

The Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium
5 – 6 December 2011, North Beach Hotel, Durban, South Africa. more

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Policies and institutional and legal frameworks in the expansion of Brazilian biofuels


Gender equity in Senegal's forest governance history: Why policy and representation matter


Forest tenure reform: exclusion of tribal women's rights in semi-arid Rajasthan, India


Gender, climate change and REDD+ in the Congo Basin forests of Central Africa


Is adaptation to climate change gender neutral? : Lessons from communities dependent on livestock and forests in northern Mali

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Swidden, rubber and carbon: can REDD+ work for people and the environment in Montane Mainland Southeast Asia?

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A global analysis of deforestation due to biofuel development

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Social sustainability of EU-approved voluntary schemes for biofuels: Implications for rural livelihoods

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Informing decisions on ecosystem-based approaches for the adaptation of people in the Asia and Pacific region

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