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Eastern Asia

  • Effects of decentralised forest management (DFM) on deforestation and poverty in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

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    While the primary goal of reducing deforestation is clear, the policy and academic literature debates the extent to which decentralized forest management (DFM) programs in developing countries should incorporate goals of poverty reduction.

    To move the debate around DFM beyond theoretical discussions and into better-informed, evidence-based discussion, this review examine the evidence on the effects of DFM programs on deforestation and welfare outcomes in low and middle income countries (LMICs), aiming also to assess whether these goals are at odds with each other.

  • Pay little, get little; pay more, get a little more: a framed forest experiment in Tanzania

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    How do different levels of individual payments for environmental services (PES) affect intrinsic and social motivations for forest conservation? Does introducing low levels of PES crowd out these motivations? This paper presents findings from framed field experiments (FFE) conducted with local forest users in Tanzania. The payoff structure represents a common-pool resource situation; participants’ payoffs depend on the number of trees  harvested, and aggregate over-harvesting can harm future harvest.

  • Atlantis

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    Atlantis is an ecosystem box-model intended for use in management strategy evaluation. The overall structure of Atlantis is based around having multiple alternative submodels to represent each step in the management strategy and adaptive management cycles

  • Climate change mitigation: achieving an optimal mix of measures

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    A global benchmarking of policy instruments for effective climate change mitigation demonstrates the need for a mix of policy measures. The optimal policy package is characterised by the complementarity of its policy components, and the recognition of context: the appropriateness of the mix of measures varies from country to country depending on unique sets of climate change challenges as well as other national objectives.

  • The context of REDD+ in Ethiopia

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    Recent policy developments and emerging undertakings by the Ethiopian government signify the building of considerable government commitment to REDD+ implementation and carbon emission reductions in Ethiopia.

    In light of the country's ambitious plan for building a climate- resilient green economy, the adoption of REDD+ will also likely reinforce the government's interest in embracing the new financial opportunities that REDD+ may generate.

  • REDD+ Pilot Projects in Tanzania 2009-2014

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    Seven NGOs implemented REDD+ pilot projects in Tanzania in 2009 - 2014. The pilots were funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy to test and develop REDD+ readiness in Tanzania, including the verifiable reduction of carbon emissions from land-use changes.

    The pilots had four main objectives:
    • Building local REDD+ readiness
    • Policy testing
    • Delivering REDD+ results
    • Supporting broad stakeholder involvement

  • Indonesian peatland fires: Perceptions of solutions

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    Indonesia’s recurrent peatland fires generate toxic haze and release globally significant amounts of greenhouse gases, with severe impacts on public health and economy within Indonesia and neighboring  countries (e.g. Malaysia, Singapore).

    This flyer presents a collaborative research endeavor between CIFOR, the Lancaster Environment Centre and the University of Cambridge on diverse stakeholder perceptions of the costs and benefits of the peatland fires in Riau, and opinions on the effectiveness of prospective solutions.