In this issue... REDD+, the informal economy and post-capitalist forest?
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Engaging men and women in REDD+ business

During COP21 IIED held a two day workshop in Paris which brought together REDD+ experts from 14 countries and drew on findings from two projects:
  1. Testing REDD+ in Mozambique's Beira Corridor, which involves both research, the construction of socio-economic baselines and delivering REDD+ ‘on the ground’ through local partners.
  2. Inclusive REDD+ which looks at private sector engagement in closing the financing gap and addressing drivers of forest loss; and the roles men and women play in land use and land use change.
The online coverage and publications from the workshop are available through the event page and all presentations from the event can be viewed on IIED's SlideShare.
Pre-emptive controlled burning in Belize is preventing severe uncontrolled wild fires during the driest months

Flaming parrots and palmetto palms

Changes in land rights and the introduction of controlled fire management could help protect Belize's Yellow-headed parrots and benefit local communities as well.
Meceburi Forest, Mozambique: a young woman harvests casava

Seeds of the post-capitalist forest?

Could innovative local organisations working with forests, together with the Paris climate agreement, the SDGs and global financial crisis help deliver us into a post-capitalist era?

Forest Connect

Forest Connect it is an ad hoc alliance co-managed by IIED, UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), which aims to reduce poverty and protect forests by better linking locally-controlled forest and farm enterprises, not only to each other, but also to markets, financial and business support services and to decision makers.

At an international level, we gather evidence of what works (and what doesn’t), organise international learning events and platforms to share such information, distil findings into briefing materials, and pursue investment in support of locally-controlled forestry. Recent publications include Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful locally controlled forest business organisations which presents 19 case studies from 14 countries and we are currently producing a practical guide on risk assessment for locally controlled forest enterprises.

Publications and briefings

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Testing REDD+ in the Beira Corridor: Who drives land use and land-use change, and why?

Since 2012, IIED has been leading the ‘Testing REDD+’ project in Mozambique’s Beira Corridor, across the provinces of Sofala, Manica and Zambezia. This report discusses how smallholder activities are driving deforestation in the Beira Corridor, proposes solutions and presents findings which provide a socioeconomic baseline against which to measure progress.
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A whole-landscape approach to green development in Africa

The SDGs set ambitious aims for poverty eradication in the next 15 years whilst recognising environmental limits. This agenda demands a new approach to economic development which African countries are uniquely placed to embrace, given adequate strategic support. Drawing on the experience of the African Model Forest Network, this briefing suggests that to be effective, development policy must work at multiple levels, be cross-cutting, and engage the people affected.
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Applying three dimensions of equity to REDD+

Achieving greater equity in REDD+ needs attention to three dimensions: recognition (of rights, knowledge and institutions), procedure (inclusive decision-making) and distribution (of benefits and costs). The right choices will be context specific and the process of making these choices should engage key stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, local communities, women, elders and youth. This briefing is also available in Spanish: Aplicando las tres dimensiones de equidad a REDD+


The biggest 'private sector': what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth? 

9am-5pm, 25 February 2016 in London

IIED and partners are hosting a conference designed to help build a new policy agenda to integrate the informal economy with inclusive green growth and sustainable development. Speakers from research, policy and practice Informality will provide insights in diverse contexts – from food distribution and mining to forestry and waste collection. The conference programme includes speakers from Harvard Kennedy School, the International Labour Organisation, the OECD, and from Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia and Brazil.

Places are limited but please contact:


Partner spotlight

The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC)

RECOFTC is an international organization with a vision of local communities actively managing forests in Asia and the Pacific to ensure optimal social, economic, and environmental benefits. Through training, events and publications RECOFTC aims to realize community forestry's potential, this work is built upon their Guiding Principles of strong and clear rights, good governance, and fair benefits for forest dwellers.
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