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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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries - the way forward Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries - the way forward

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Deforestation is considered the second most important human-induced source of greenhouse gases, being respon­sible for approximately 20% of total emissions. In recent years, much knowledge has been gathered on drivers and causes of deforestation and forest degradation. Also methodological tools are available to monitor large areas and proxies for the quantification of carbon benefits from reduced deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). There is a common understanding that these emission sources need to be tackled in the near future. Several proposals have been brought forward that could support REDD in developing countries. This paper finds that they are complementary in many aspects.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH. 2007.

GOFC-GOLD: A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting GOFC-GOLD: A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting

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This sourcebook  is the outcome of an ad-hoc REDD working group of GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) that has been active since the initiation of the UNFCCC REDD process in 2005.  It provides a consensus perspective from the global community of earth observation and carbon experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying carbon impacts of implementation activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

GOFC-GOLD
July 2009

Introductory Course on REDD: A Training Manual Introductory Course on REDD: A Training Manual

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The combined efforts of CCBA, CI, GTZ, RA, TNC and WWF led to the development of this training program. The reasons for doing this as a collaborative effort were to: i) Reduce duplication of effort by working together to create a common and uniform set of training materials; ii) Disseminate a consistent and high quality message to governments and stakeholders; iii) Reduce confusion among stakeholders and more effectively influence the way REDD is perceived and implemented in the countries where the consortium partners work.

Author: Peter Stephen, IDSS Pty Ltd

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

FCCC/CP/2007/6/Add.1 FCCC/CP/2007/6/Add.1

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Report of the Conference of the Parties on its thirteenth session, held in Bali from 3 to 15 December 2007

Addendum
Part Two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its thirteenth session

14 March 2008

Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action

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UNFCCC Fact Sheet.

Overview on history behind development of REDD and climate change issues relating to forests

UNFCCC 2009

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