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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National Forest GHG Inventories – a stock taking National Forest GHG Inventories – a stock taking

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Forest GHG inventories are one of the more difficult areas in GHG inventory compilation, in particular for developing countries that face difficulties with data collection, both current and time series, and with appropriate parameters for use in GHG estimation. Reliable monitoring and reporting of forests emissions and removals would be increasingly needed in light of the current negotiations on REDD+ and NAMAs. This Expert meeting sought to address some of the challenges to the application of IPCC Guidelines to forest GHG inventories.

IPCC 2010, IPCC Expert Meeting on National Forest GHG Inventories eds: Eggleston H.S., Srivastava N., Tanabe K., Baasansuren J., National Forest GHG Inventories – a Stock Taking, Pub. IGES, Japan 2010
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Making REDD work: A practitioner’s guide for successful implementation of REDD Making REDD work: A practitioner’s guide for successful implementation of REDD

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This brochure aims to provide an overview and understanding of the REDD concept, the current proposals and the issues under negotiation. The recommendations made for further reading and the references to other available resources are intended to enhance broader participation and the full engagement of both governments and practitioners in the REDD debate.

Editor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Date: November 2009

Incentives to sustain forest ecosystem services: A review and lessons for REDD Incentives to sustain forest ecosystem services: A review and lessons for REDD

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The findings of this report are that payments for ecosystem services can create incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation. They are, however, not a universal panacea. A crucial issue is the overall national and forest governance framework. Under conditions of weak governance it is very difficult for payments for ecosystem services to be effective. If the providers of ecosystem services can be fairly rewarded there is good chance of reducing tropical deforestation and mitigating greenhouse gas production.

Authors: Ivan Bond, Maryanne Grieg-Gran, Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff, Peter Hazlewood, Sven Wunder and Arild Angelsen

Copyright © International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). 2009.

Legal Frameworks for REDD Design and Implementation at the National Level Legal Frameworks for REDD Design and Implementation at the National Level

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This book builds on related experience of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in the areas of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and climate governance under the UNFCCC. Distilling a wide range of information and insights on REDD and forest carbon PES from legal and policy experts, the publication presents a detailed overview of regulatory design and implementation options specifically for a non-lawyer audience. The report is based on substantive findings from four national case studies carefully chosen for their varying geographies, forest cover and deforestation rates, and stages of REDD preparations.

Costenbader, John (Ed.) 2009. Legal Frameworks for REDD. Design and Implementation at the National Level. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. xiv + 200 pp.

© 2009 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010

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FAO, in cooperation with its member countries, has monitored the world's forests at 5 to 10 year intervals since 1946. These global assessments provide valuable information to policy-makers in countries, to international negotiations, arrangements and organizations related to forests and to the general public. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) covers all seven thematic elements of sustainable forest management:

Link to full report: www.fao.org/forestry/fra2010

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