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Forests newsletter

January 2014
In this issue: gender and REDD+, forest producer organisations and love-infused development.

Sudanese Women selling charcaol. Rita Willaert/ Flickr (Creative Commons)
REDD+: 3 things to consider so men and women share the benefits

As developing countries act to protect their forests in return for compensation from industrialised nations, their strategies will affect men and women in different ways.


Countryside in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Photo: Duncan MacqueenStrength in numbers: The promise of forest producer organisations

Organisations of forest farmers have much to offer society — if they get the support they need from governments, donors, the private sector and NGOs.


Sustainable development requires an infusion of loveSustainable development requires an infusion of love

The New Year is a big one for planet earth. New Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set our trajectory into an increasingly uncertain future. But country delegations are arguing over the wrong thing – says a paper entitled 'love-infused development'.

Our work

Supporting locally controlled forestry

IIED’s Forest team works with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve the livelihoods of those who live in and around forests, as well as ensuring that those forests are managed in a fair and sustainable way. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to invest in locally controlled forestry. To find out more, visit our team web pages here.

Publications and briefings

image of publication cover Investing in locally controlled forestry in Mozambique

This new report provides a strategic assessment of the potential of different options for investing in locally controlled forestry (ILCF) in Mozambique's Niassa province, with a strong focus on local enterprise development.

thumbnail of briefing paper Platform set for China-Africa forest governance action

A new partnership builds bridges between African and Chinese stakeholders to strengthen governance of forests, this short 'Reflect and Act' summary outlines lessons and reflections so far.

thumbnail image of paper REDD+ and rights: extending carbon rights in the DRC to climate-regulating services

REDD+ requires long-term commitment from land users, and commitment needs secure rights. This policy briefing sets out why government, with private sector and community support, must design more inclusive models for REDD+ in the national context of the DRC.

Improving governace of forest tenue Improving governance of forest tenure: a practical guide

IIED has collaborated with FAO on a practical guide which provides communities and non-governmental organisations with effective tools to secure equitable access to land and other natural resources. All of the 86 tools have been tried and tested and are ready to be used in new settings.

Partner spotlight

Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) - Uganda

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IIED has worked closely with ACODE for the past nine years through the Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG). ACODE is an independent public policy research and advocacy think tank based in Kampala. You can watch a short film here about some of the work of the FGLG in Uganda and the fight to save the Mabira forest reserve from being sold off to private agribusiness.


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