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Forests newsletter

July 2014

Sustainable Development Goals special! Read about the forest modular approach and tell us what you think...

News and blogs

Meceburi Forest, near Nampula, Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)The Musketeers of development

Does the zero draft of the Sustainable Development Goals take enough note of the crucial interdependencies between goal areas?


New roadmap for boosting small-scale and family forest producers

The Forest and Farm Facility, a partnership between FAO, IIED and IUCN, has published two policy papers looking at how indigenous peoples, communities and smallholders manage a growing proportion of the world's forests, and can play a significant role in tackling deforestation and reducing poverty.

Our work

Two forest farmers from Ghana, including the head of a local community forest group, alongside some cocoa beans (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)
Have your say! Take part in our consultation on forests and SDGs

We are running a two-part consultation to find out what you think is most important for the Sustainable Development Goal process from a forestry perspective. This week, we invite you to take part in a five-question survey, which should take no more than five minutes to complete. Take part in English, French or Spanish.

Next week, we will be launching an online discussion game, where you have the chance to give your thoughts, take a look at what your peers think, and comment on and rate each other's ideas. We will also be hosting a webinar at 10.00 GMT+1 to discuss the issues raised. Stay in the loop on the IIED website or email us for more information.

Publications and briefings

SD goals from a forest perspective: Transformative, universal and integrated?

Forests and landscapes with trees are such an important part of a number of different Sustainable Development Goals that we recommend working towards a transformative ‘forest module’. The modular approach makes explicit the diversity of targets needing inclusion and resolution in order to create an enabling environment that would yield much greater sustainable development outcomes for forests, landscapes and livelihoods.


Sustainable Development Goals: a forest module for a transformative agenda

This briefing paper gives an introduction and overview of policy recommendations derived from the above discussion paper. With the negotiation phase nearing, our assessment of the UN Open Working Group’s zero draft finds a strong set of goals and targets, yet with several potentially serious trade-offs and missing issues. Application of our modular approach can help negotiators seek coherent outcomes across the Goal framework and enable integrated implementation at the national level.


Unleashing the potential of community forest enterprises in Myanmar

Unleashing the potential of community forestry enterprises in Myanmar will increase local incomes and government revenues, and incentivise local people to manage and restore forests. Without enlisting the help of rural communities in these efforts, it is likely that forest loss will continue and the contribution of forests to the rural economy will continue to decline.

Partner spotlight

The North Rupununi District Development Board

The North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) is an indigenous institution of the Makushi people and the umbrella organisation of the North Rupununi communities. The overall aim of the NRDDB is to represent the interests of its constituent communities and to facilitate the general development of these. The NRDDB has been working with support of the IIED Forest Team’s Forest Connect initiative in recent years to strengthen local community enterprises, with a strong emphasis on local, natural product enterprises, capacity building  in SFM and related environmental management as well as transferral of positive cultural legacies through the Youth Learning Institute (YLC).

As part of this initiative, they are currently undertaking research into investing in locally controlled forestry to achieve a balanced portfolio of integrated, intensified, climate-smart forest and farm enterprises in the North Rupununi, Guyana.

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