New! Understanding GHG Fluxes from Forest and Land Use

A new website has been created to help de-mystify and explain land use-related mitigation, with a focus on forests and their respective GHG fluxes.


GHG Fluxes from Forests: An assessment of national GHG estimates and independent research

This report seeks to clarify which forest-related emissions and removals are (and are not) included in national GHG inventories submitted to the UNFCCC and to identify and explain divergences with independent studies, including those summarized in IPCC Assessment Reports.

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UNFCCC Accounting for Forests: What’s in and what’s out of NDCs and REDD+

This policy brief provides information on how forests are included in GHG inventories, NDCs and REDD+ reference levels, why their scope may differ, and other issues around “accounting” for forest-related mitigation performance.

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Conservation, Agricultural Production, and Social Inclusion in the Cerrado Biome

Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation, Agricultural Production, and Social Inclusion in the Cerrado Biome defines a set of interventions that could contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, social inclusion and support for traditional livelihoods, as well as regional growth in agricultural production in the Cerrado.

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The Impacts of International REDD+ Finance

As of early 2015, nearly $9 billion in public finance has been pledged for REDD+. This study examines the impacts of this significant level of finance for forests and draws lessons for future support. The study is based on a series of in-depth country case studies, in addition to a global literature analysis.

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Disrupting the Global Commodity Business

This paper tells the story of how "strange bedfellows" - an emerging group of indigenous, NGO, corporate and government leaders - are transforming the trillion-dollar global agricultural commodity business to protect forests, benefit local communities, and slow global warming.

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Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture

This report highlights key strategies – led by reduced global beef consumption, reduced food waste, and better farm nutrient management and production – that can deliver big climate wins while maintaining food security and building resilience.

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Community Level Tenure and Forest Condition

This annotated bibliography provides evidence that community tenure over forests can result in more forest cover and more species-rich forests, less deforestation and degradation, and fewer fires than some other approaches to protecting forests.

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Encouraging Government-Foundation Partnerships

Using a case study of collaboration between the Climate and Land Use Alliance, the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Norway, lessons are drawn on how to encourage partnerships and coordination between governments and foundations.

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Understanding Land Use in the UNFCCC

This guide seeks to explain the treatment of land use under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including requirements for reporting GHG emissions and removals, accounting under the Kyoto Protocol, and guidance for REDD+.

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Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Climate and Agriculture

This policymaker summary of the article "Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Climate and Agriculture" provides evidence that tropical deforestation triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide, and that future agricultural productivity around the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.

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