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Forests newsletter

March 2014
In this issue: the Chinese timber trade, a focus on gender, and our partners in Mozambique.

News and blogs

A goal worth scoring: Lessons from winning football teams can improve the supply chains of commodities that drive deforestation.
Football’s winning ingredients can help forests in Kenya and Tanzania

Teamwork, competition and game-changers are all needed to transform commodity chains that currently drive deforestation.

This week in Myanmar, pictured, the Forest Farm Facility is funding a national exchange between forest and farm producer groups and many other producer groups.Forest and Farm Facility: Getting resources to those who matter

Improving the participation of rural people has been in vogue for years, often with limited success. Here's one scheme that lives up to the hype by involving forest and farm producers on their own terms. 

Timber tracking systems can improve supplies chains by ensuring only legally harvested wood reaches the market.Rare opportunity to shape China's impact on global forests

Chinese policymakers and international forestry experts will meet in Shanghai on 27 March to discuss draft guidelines that will affect how Chinese businesses involved in the timber trade can operate.

Our work

Focusing on gender

At IIED, the Forest Team have been looking at how natural resource and climate change policies are including and acting on gender. Within the project Inclusive REDD+, we are analysing how issues related to rights, power and equity are streamlined in the strategy options for REDD+. We particularly focus on value chain analysis as an instrument to help us understand the role that men and women play in commodities associated with deforestation and forest degradation. A recent IIED meeting on gender and environmental change shared experiences on the different dimensions of gender in REDD+. For more details, view the presentations from Isilda Nhantumbo of IIED, Delia Catucacan of ICRAF and Andrea Quesada-Aguilar of WEDO.   

Publications and briefings

Reflect and Act: from dispute to dialogueFrom dispute to dialogue

This Reflect & Act describes how entrenched arguments give way to collaboration in The Forests Dialogue, and highlights lessons learnt from the project.


thumbnail image of brieifng Multi-stakeholder governance strengthens sustainable livelihoods in Bosawás, Nicaragua

Forest resources are under high pressure and land rights are often contested in Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, while the sheer number of public institutions, political and community authorities, private companies and producer organisations makes natural resource management a challenge. 

Partner spotlight

Eduardo Mondlane Universidade, Mozambique

IIED’s Forest Team has worked with the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry at Mozambique’s oldest university, the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, since 2009. Most recently on the Testing REDD+ project, based in the Beira Corridor of Mozambique, UEM have been analysing threats to forest cover, mapping the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and assessing biodiversity and carbon stocks of the different forest types in the region. 
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