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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FCCC/CP/2005/MISC.1 FCCC/CP/2005/MISC.1

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CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES Eleventh session Montreal, 28 November to 9 December 2005. Item 6 of the provisional agenda

“Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action” - Submissions from Parties

This document contains a submission from the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica.

FCCC/TP/2009/1 31 May 2009 - REDD FCCC/TP/2009/1 31 May 2009 - REDD

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Cost of implementing methodologies and monitoring systems relating to estimates of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the assessment of carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forest cover, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks”  - Technical paper

This paper provides an overview of the possible steps and requirements needed to develop and implement a monitoring system for estimating emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, assessing carbon stocks and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from changes in forest cover, and assessing the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, and Environment in the Tropical Forests At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, and Environment in the Tropical Forests

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There are many causes, consequences, and connections of deforestation and forest poverty in the tropical world. This report specifically addresses the potential dilemma of trade-offs between poverty reduction and environmental protection. It seeks to improve the diagnosis of forest problems and facilitate the prescription and application of solutions by focusing on both the causes and consequences of forest conversion to agriculture and on the nature and location of forest poverty.

Chomitz, Kenneth M. At loggerheads? : agricultural expansion, poverty reduction, and environment in the tropical forests / [written by Kenneth M. Chomitz]. p. cm. -- (World Bank policy research report)

World Bank
October 2006

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
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