Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Living Legacy - the future of forests Living Legacy - the future of forests

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September 2008 issue of "Our Planet, the magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme".

Reflections and opinions from leading experts in the area of forests and climate change.

UNEP 2008

Leader’s Guide: International Emissions Trading and Carbon Markets Leader’s Guide: International Emissions Trading and Carbon Markets

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This guide starts from the Kyoto basis of international GHG emission trading, however recognizing that its concepts at the domestic level would also be applicable for countries not covered by the Kyoto ‘cap’. This guide is also designed to assist leaders and policy makers involved in domestic climate change policy where emissions trading and carbon markets may play a role in domestic climate change mitigation policy.

Authors: Murray Ward (GtripleC) & Sean Weaver (Carbon Partnership)
Copyright Version 1 2008 © Murray Ward, Sean Weaver, and The 0Climate Group

The Little REDD+ Book The Little REDD+ Book

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The Little REDD Book has been compiled by the GCP (The Global Canopy Programme) with the support of a wide range of contributors from around the world including many proposal authors. The Prince’s Rainforests Project has kindly provided its analysis of the proposals, which is at the heart of this guide. It shows how they have developed over time, either directly or indirectly building on what has come before. Most importantly, it demonstrates how much common ground there is between proposals - that for every point of difference there are many points of agreement, and that a menu of commonly held principles and approaches is emerging.

Authors: Charlie Parker, Andrew Mitchell, Mandar Trivedi and Niki Mardas
© Global Canopy Foundation 2009
Second edition. First Published November 2008

Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, options and implications Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, options and implications

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We must address many difficult questions before we can create mechanisms that fully exploit the potential of REDD: How can we measure reductions in emissions when data are poor or do not exist? How can we raise the billions of dollars needed to put a REDD mechanism in place? How can we make sure that any reductions in deforestation and degradation are real (additional), and that they do not lead to more trees being chopped down in other forest areas (leakage) or next year (permanence)? How can we make sure that the poor benefit? This book discusses these questions.

Angelsen, A. (ed.) 2008 Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, options and implications. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia.
© by CIFOR
Published in 2008

Introductory Course on REDD: A Participant Resource Manual Introductory Course on REDD: A Participant Resource Manual

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The technical material for the training and this resource manual was developed in beginning of 2009 and is 'global' in nature. The global dialogue and debate will create ground rules for national and project led developments. A key question for the training program was how to ensure that the global debates and frameworks are translated into practical and realistic activities for exploration at the national and project levels. In responding to this question, accurate and up-to-date information was required on the fundamental issues surrounding REDD. This manual collates this information to provide a valuable set of reference material for participants of the training program.

Editors: Rane Cortez (The Nature Conservancy); Peter Stephen (IDSS Pty Ltd)

© Copyright 2009.
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Rainforest Alliance, and World Wildlife Fund, Inc.

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