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Forests newsletter

December 2014

Find out what we're up to at the UNFCCC COP 20 and the latest news from the Forest and Farm Facility...

News and blogs

IIED at UNFCCC COP20 and Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru

This year IIED had 20 events in Lima, from REDD+, equity and forest governance, to indigenous peoples' knowledge in building adaptation strategies, to fitting forests into the Sustainable Development Goals. IIED and CIFOR co-hosted a discussion forum at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) on Enabling forest landscapes to score Sustainable Development Goals, including high-level panellists from Peru, Indonesia, IIED, CIFOR and the World Bank.  The session reviewed progress and discussed the best way forward to incorporating forests and a landscape approach in the SDGs, both in their formulation and in their implementation. Results of the session were fed into one of nine key messages of relevance to the international climate and development agenda in the GLF Outcome Statement, which was circulated during COP20. 

RECOFTC and IIED co-organised a side-event at the UNFCCC COP 20, entitled ‘Approaches to equity in forest governance: Lessons for safeguard development’. Speakers working on forestry and climate change in Asia and Africa reflected on experiences strengthening equity in forest. governance, and associated challenges and opportunities, with a view to share lessons learned to inform safeguard development in REDD+ For more information on IIED’s contribution to that discussion please see our blog on Why the private sector must be included in efforts to curb deforestation


Bolivia's indigenous peoples drive forest farm innovation to benefit Mother EarthMarket Analysis and Development training course participants (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

In Bolivia, the state is providing support to encourage community organisations to trial innovative new business models that challenge free market norms. Could such new ways of doing business also deliver greater benefits for the planet?


It's time for revolution in forest businessNorthern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland.

The Forest and Farm Facility is now operating in ten countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Find out all the latest news on the project webpage.

Our work

Women discuss forest management at a Community Forest User Group meeting in Nepal. Photo: WOCAN

Inclusive REDD+: Focus on gender

Inclusive REDD+ is an initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development. One strand of this project looks at how understanding gender can help clarify different people's roles in driving land use and land use change. It helps to assess the net benefit generated by the key people along the value chains of those commodities associated with land use and land use change. We are conducting value chain and cost-benefit analysis on commodities such as coffee in Vietnam, timber and charcoal in Nepal and simsim in Tanzania, to understand these equity dimensions.

The aim of this project is to inform strategy options to address those drivers and their likely impact. Three aspects have been chosen as focus of analysis of gender: rights, power and equity. While the two first topics provide an overview of the country context on gender policies and institutions, the equity dimension is deemed particularly important. You can find out more about this project and download reading materials on the IIED website.

Publications and briefings

Equitable REDD+: Exploring concepts and strategies Equitable REDD+: Exploring concepts and strategies

This discussion paper presents and explores a framework for understanding equity in REDD+, and for strengthening the different approaches that are being used to enhance equity in REDD+. The framework may also be used as the basis for assessing equity in REDD+ as part of a process of assessing the social impacts of REDD+, although further work is needed on practical assessment methods.

Sustainable Development Goals and forests: A summary of UN Open Sustainable Development Goals and forests: A summary of UN Open Working Group debates and country reflectionsWorking Group debates and country reflections

The UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) proposed draft sustainable development goals (SDGs) in July 2014. This report summarises some of the positions put forward by countries during the debates on forests in the meetings of the OWG, together with reflections from a number of countries on the OWG process after its conclusion.


Sustainable Development Goals and forests: Integrating perspectives, Sustainable Development Goals and forests: Integrating perspectives, priorities and experience from Asiapriorities and experience from Asia

It is the purpose of this report to integrate the perspectives, priorities and experiences from Asia in helping to ensure that the goals gain the right contribution from forests while optimally fostering their sustainability.


Progress with integrating forests in the SDGs: Reflections on the outcome document of the UN Open Working Group on SDGsProgress with integrating forests in the SDGs: Reflections on the outcome document of the UN Open Working Group on SDGs

This paper outlines areas of positive progress during the development of the Open Working Group's Outcome Document, as well as emerging issues needing attention by experts, policymakers and negotiators involved in the post-2015 agenda.

Partner spotlight

Peruvian Ministry of Environment

In the build-up to the UNFCCC COP20, IIED has collaborated with the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (Ministerio del Ambiente, MINAM) on forests and the post-2015 development agenda, including co-organisation of an international workshop on forests and the Sustainable Development Goals, held in Lima during November 2014. The meeting was opened by the Minister of Environment for Peru and UNFCCC COP20 President, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who emphasised the important role of the SDGs in helping tackle the systemic drivers of deforestation to realise Peru’s commitment of reaching zero deforestation by 2021. Other collaborating institutions included Ministry of Agriculture, Universidad Científica del Sur and CIFOR.

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