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May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

In "REDD+ Politics in the Media: A Case Study from Brazil," the authors examine the discourse related to REDD+ in the Brazilian press from 2005 to 2009, and track evolving media views. Similar case studies were performed on REDD+ in the media for Indonesia, Cameroon and Viet Nam. The studies are part of CIFOR's Global Comparative Study on REDD+.

In "How is REDD+ Unfolding in Southern Africa's Dry Forests: a Snapshot from Mozambique," the authors describe Mozambique's high forest cover and intense vulnerability, stressing that it requires a REDD+ model that is pro-poor and has a widened scope to include adaptation and agriculture. It describes current initiatives on REDD+ funded by Norway and Japan, but calls for more capacity-building efforts and consultation at sub-national levels. It describes a framework for implementing revenue sharing based on Mozambique's 20% timber royalty distribution mechanism.

CIFOR has also released a reference guide titled "Standards and Methods Available for Estimating Project Level REDD+ Carbon Benefits: Reference Guide for Project Developers," which aims to identify and recommend best practices and methodological guidance to project developers on how to design robust methodologies to account for the carbon benefits of project activities included under the REDD+ umbrella. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).



Extpub | by Dr. Radut