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Title: FOREST TENURE, RESTORATION AND GREEN GROWTH - Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change (text and video)
Date of publication: 18 June 2015
Description/subject: A video recording of a whole-day conference held on 18 June 2015. The page begins with text presentations. For the video recordings of the event, scroll down to Webcasts....."Co-Organized by RRI and IUCN, in partnership with the Embassy of France in Washington, DC... Recent years have seen increased global attention and commitment to forest landscape restoration (FLR) as a strategy to mitigate climate change, enhance ecological services, and create new economic opportunities in rural areas. Initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge, calling for the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020, and forest restoration commitments within the New York Declaration on Forests demonstrate the significant global momentum behind forest restoration as a “nature-based” solution. Some countries have made FLR a major component of their green growth strategies, indicating the potential of these efforts to garner significant economic benefits beyond climate mitigation. Increasingly, experience and evidence show that forest governance and tenure reforms supporting the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples are key factors in the success of forest restoration initiatives. Recognizing rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to forests creates incentives for long-term investments in forest restoration and management, enables communities to share in benefits generated from restoration activities, and provides the basis for forest-based enterprises and rural economic growth. Secure tenure is also necessary to unlock locally-driven solutions and ensure that forest restoration initiatives do not contribute to “land grabbing” and increased conflict over land use in forest areas. As forest restoration initiatives scale up around the world – an area the size of France has been restored in the last three years – it is especially important to highlight the challenges and opportunities of advancing forest restoration in a socially inclusive manner, respecting and promoting tenure rights and ensuring that local communities join in the design and benefits of restoration initiatives. Gathering prominent national and international decision makers, experts and key representatives of indigenous peoples, local communities, governments, and civil society organizations, this Dialogue built a common understanding of the links among forest tenure, restoration and green growth, and share lessons from local experience on ways to strengthen these links. It also identified policy opportunities and distilled key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the UNFCCC Conference of Parties meeting in Paris later in the year, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
Alternate URLs: http://www.rightsandresources.org
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: Asia Indigenous People's Pact (AIPP)
Description/subject: Aims and Objectives: • To serve as a forum for sharing aspirations, ideas and experiences, consolidating cooperation and solidarity and coordination and organizing campaigns on issues affecting indigenous peoples in Asia. • To encourage community reflection and action to ensure peace and security for the future of indigenous peoples in Asia. • To develop research programme and systematic documentation of the various issues and aspects of indigenous peoples lives and to publish and disseminate them. • To advocate the cause of indigenous peoples and co-ordinate with other organizations and movements for the realization of the aspirations of indigenous peoples of Asia.
Language: English
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 July 2012


Title: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Description/subject: Climate Change... Gender... Livelihoods... Forest Management... Food & Biodiversity... Forest Policy. Products & Trade Landscapes..... "The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a non-profit, scientific facility that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we help policymakers, practitioners and communities make decisions based on solid science about how they use and manage their forests and landscapes. CIFOR’s work is based on three pillars, all of which are essential for achieving our mission: Research for impact... Capacity development... Outreach and engagement..... CIFOR is proud to work with local and international partners. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry...."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2016


Title: Forest Peoples Programme - Supporting forest peoples' rights
Description/subject: Environmental governance...Climate and forests...Legal and human rights...Responsible finance
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Peoples Programme
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 July 2012


Title: Forest Trends
Description/subject: "Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1998 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations. Our mission is four-fold: to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. We do this by analyzing strategic market and policy issues, catalyzing connections between forward looking producers, communities and investors, and developing new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people. Our approach integrates the fundamental dimensions of ecology, economy and equity because our goal is to have an impact on a scale that is meaningful globally and for a diverse set of stakeholders.".....Several reports on Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


Title: Rights and Resources Dialogue Series on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change
Description/subject: High-quality speakers and panels. From 2009. Some of the meetings have recorded webcasts available online.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: Rights and Resources Initiative
Description/subject: A global coalition of 14 Partners and over 120 international, regional and community organizations advancing forest tenure, policy, and market reforms..... Core Beliefs: "Based on our experience, we find that empowerment of rural people and asset-based development are part of a process that is dependent on a set of enabling conditions, including security of tenure to access and use natural resources. As a coalition of diverse and varied organizations, RRI is guided by a set of core beliefs... Rights of Poor Communities Must Be Recognized and Strengthened: We believe it is possible to achieve the seemingly irreconcilable goals of alleviating poverty, conserving forests and encouraging sustained economic growth in forested regions. However, for this to happen, the rights of poor communities to forests and trees, as well as their rights to participate fully in markets and the political processes that regulate forest use, must be recognized and strengthened. ... Progress Requires Supporting and Responding to Local Communities: We believe that progress requires supporting, and responding to, local community organizations and their efforts to advance their own well-being... Now is the Time to Act: We believe that the next few decades are particularly critical. They represent an historic moment where there can be either dramatic gains, or losses, in the lives and well-being of the forest poor, as well as in the conservation and restoration of the world’s threatened forests... Progress Requires Engagement and Constructive Participation by All: It is clear that progress on the necessary tenure and policy reforms requires constructive participation by communities, governments and the private sector, as well as new research and analysis of policy options and new mechanisms to share learning between communities, governments and the private sector... Reforming Forest Tenure and Governance Requires a Focused and Sustained Global Effort: We believe that reforming forest tenure and governance to the scale necessary to achieve either the Millennium Development Goals, or the broader goals of improved well-being, forest conservation and sustained-forest-based economic growth will require a new, clearly focused and sustained global effort by the global development community."
Language: English (French and spanish also available)
Source/publisher: Rights and Resources Initiative
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2012


Title: World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
Description/subject: A major resource. Several articles on Burma (use the Search and Info by country). Extremely good links page: NGOs, Intergovernmental Sites, Research Institutes; Other links. "The World Rainforest Movement is an international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and settlement and other projects that threaten them..."
Language: English, Espanol (WRM Bulletin)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: Forest is Life - A Story of Climate Change, Forest and Communities
Date of publication: June 2012
Description/subject: " Search publications Series Languages Regions Sales and Delivery Terms Forest is Life - A Story of Climate Change, Forest and Communities Climate change has become an environmental problem affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is mainly the result of increasing global temperature, which results in shifting weather patterns such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, floods, plagues and diseases. Global warming is mainly the result of the increase of greenhouse gases, above all CO2, in the earth’s atmosphere. Scientists say that 17% to 20% of the global CO2 emissions are a result of the destruction and degradation of forests. REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) is one of the mitigation measures currently promoted for helping decrease emissions of carbon into the atmosphere. This comics book discusses climate change and REDD from the perspective of indigenous communities. It is intended primarily for communities as a simple guide to help them understand climate change and REDD. It discusses the importance and the roles of forest in climate change, the concept of REDD and how it relates to and affects indigenous communities. It points at potential negative impacts of REDD for the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, especially on the right to land, territories and resources. Finally, it shows why and how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can be used to uphold and protect the rights of indigenous communities in REDD."
Language: English (Lao also available)
Source/publisher: IWGIA and AIPP
Format/size: pdf (2.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 July 2012


Title: Common forest resource management annotated bibliography of Asia, Africa and Latin America
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: "The purpose of this study is to introduce some of the literature on Common Forest Resource Management from Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is recognized that the three regional reviews of both published and unpublished sources and the issues analyses which constitute this document are not complete. However, it was decided to publish this material in order to present information known to date and identify gaps in our understanding of this important topic. Each of the authors describes and analyses the local systems of Common Forest Resource Management and the role of externally sponsored assistance, particularly through projects. Key issues are highlighted such as systems of tree and land tenure, the general erosion of traditional rights, the reactions of rightholders to change, and measures taken to assert old rights or establish new ones. Rather than examining the same issues across regions, the regional chapters work to highlight the key issues for each given geographic zone. As a result, the same issues are not always confronted for all places..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 October 2014