Since 2009, more than 30 countries have submitted proposals for REDD+ readiness grants to start addressing the social, economic, and institutional factors that contribute to forest loss. Many countries have made encouraging strides in defining their plans to become “ready” for REDD+.
Yet, in a new WRI analysis of 32 country proposals, we identify the need for stronger commitments and strategies to address land and forest tenure challenges. While most countries identify secure land tenure as critical to successful REDD+ programs, relatively few outline specific objectives or next steps to address weaknesses in land laws or their implementation. Lack of clear strategies to address land tenure challenges could significantly hinder efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
This report focuses on two adaptation projects in Vietnam: an assessment of climate change vulnerability in the Cat Khanh commune; and adaptation mainstreaming efforts in Binh Dinh province's fishing sector. Vietnam is taking steps to address its vulnerability to climate change with legislation approved to mainstream adaptation into local development plans. Documented by the Adaptation Knowledge Platform (AKP), the objectives of the study included the facilitation of adaptation at all scales, strengthening adaptation, research and institutional capacity, implementing a vulnerability assessment, and providing technical support for piloting mainstreaming efforts.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will provide financial assistance to Myanmar to green its five hottest towns in central part, according to Tun Paw Oo, the project manager from UNDP Myanmar.
Today’s agriculture and food production face challenging issues like the rising demand for biofuels and alternative and green energy sources, increasing globalization, global climate change risks, and the rise of hypermarkets. These 21st century realities bring about a dynamic set of challenges that require unique skills from agricultural leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a bold and courageous decision this week to extend the country’s forest moratorium. With this decision, which aims to prevent new clearing of primary forests and peat lands for another two years, the government could help protect valuable forests and drive sustainable development.
A new two-year climate change initiative, led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society aims to help farmers in Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Bangladesh reduce their vulnerability to climate risks.
Indonesia’s villagers are benefiting from funds provided by an international forest-preserving scheme by cultivating mushrooms instead of relying on unsustainable slash-and-burn land clearing techniques, and re-learning the near-lost art of rattan...
The smoke billows from the slender chimney stacks of the power plant on North Jakarta’s shore, reaching ever higher before dissipating in the atmosphere. Untold amounts of pollutants flood the air, and the biggest culprit for global warming — carbon dioxide — is released.