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China-Africa Express: As business takes off, what happens on the ground?

 Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference In light of increasing criticism of the social and environmental impact of Chinese trade and investment in Africa, CIFOR scientist Louis Putzel writes in this blog, "Is China's interest and impact in Africa really that different from any other country, and if so, how?" He draws from new CIFOR research – a synthesis of findings from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon – which examines the impact of China's mining, forestry and agricultural sectors on forests and forest-dependent communities.

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The adaptation-mitigation cocktail or why policy-makers have hangovers

The context of REDD+ in Brazil: drivers, agents, and institutions Climate change adaptation specialist Emilia Pramova discusses in this blog how evaluating the optimum mix between mitigation and adaption strategies in policy design can lead to inadequate theoretical assumptions, inaccurate estimates and, ultimately, misguided decisions. She looks at how the weighing of climate change consequences and policy responses is complicated further by differences in the interests between actors and subjective interpretation of risks.

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New map gives public a global view of biofuel development

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea Assessing how biofuels affect forests and people's livelihoods and how its production can be more sustainable has been made easier following the recent release of an interactive map. The Global Biofuel Information Tool, developed by CIFOR, provides a geographical overview of biofuel production, consumption and investment around the world. The map is the first systematic attempt at gathering and consolidating data on biofuels.

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Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference Watch a live online video feed from the Forests Indonesia Conference in Jakarta on Tuesday, September 27. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been invited to give the keynote and is expected to lay out his vision for how Indonesia can safeguard its forests, while at the same time promoting economic growth. His address will be followed by speeches from Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister for the Environment, Dr. Andrew Steer, Special Envoy on Climate Change at the World Bank, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chairman of Indonesia's REDD+ Task Force and Indonesia's Minister of Forestry, H.E. Zulkifli Hasan. Registration is now closed for the conference due to overwhelming demand. You can watch the live video feed here. And check out our FORESTS blog for stories and video interviews posted throughout the day.

In Congo Basin rainforests, the success of REDD+ leaves adaptation efforts trailing

Redd News Update: Indonesia The dominance of REDD+ schemes as a way to tackle climate change has encouraged government offices, international agencies and private groups in the Congo Basin to focus on mitigation efforts, often at the expense of protective adaptation to climate change, according to a recent study. Read the blog and the publication, The Congo Basin forests in a changing climate: Policy discourses on adaptation and mitigation (REDD+).

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Registration Opens for Forest Day in Durban

With a broad agreement on REDD+ put in place during the U.N. climate change talks last year, the focus of negotiations ahead of COP17 is shifting to the next level of detail in the design and implementation of REDD+, as well as adaptation programs. This year's Forest Day will have a particular African focus, looking at the humid forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas. Register now.

Upcoming events

Forests Indonesia Conference
27 September 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia. more

UN Convention to Combat Desertification COP 10
10 – 21 October 2011, Changwon City, Republic of South Korea. more

Eleventh Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change
12 October 2011, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, England. more

CIALCA International Conference - Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa
24 – 27 October 2011, Kigali, Rwanda. more

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