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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) November 2016

Jurisdictional Approaches to Zero Deforestation Commodities

Increasing numbers of governments, foundations, NGOs, and companies are looking to jurisdictional scale approaches as ways to help deliver sustainable and deforestation-free agricultural commodities. Jurisdictional approaches to zero-deforestation commodities (JA-ZDCs) lie at the intersection of three existing strategies to reduce forest loss and degradation, along with improving the health and sustainability of rural and frontier economies: landscape approaches, jurisdictional approaches, and voluntary corporate sustainability efforts. These three strategies are increasingly converging. This WWF discussion paper maps the current landscape of why, where, who, and how actors are approaching this convergence, based on more than twenty-five interviews with thought leaders in this space. We find that: - There are at least a few dozen examples of JA-ZDCs; however, most are relatively nascent in their development - These approaches take many different angles – including ’bottom-up‘ multi-stakeholder initiatives, global demand-side signals for commodities produced in reduced-deforestation jurisdictions, and place-based supply-side signals, e.g., in the form of jurisdictional certifications - Though there is a mix of enthusiasm and caution about the potential of JA-ZDCs, most interviewees view them as a challenging but promising development to help drive governments and commodity businesses (especially producers) to the table to establish shared goals and pathways to achieving them Key priorities looking forward will include continued experimentation, innovation, and knowledge sharing from early initiatives; increased opportunities for forest country governments to articulate specifically what they need from private sector actors to achieve sustainable development goals and climate targets; and increased technical work to identify how to scale and/or overlay farm- and plantation-level standards and progress in traceability with jurisdictional approaches that engage governments and incentivize land policy reform and/or implementation more broadly.

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Alterra August 2016

EFISCEN: European Forest Information scenario Model

The European Forest Information SCENario Model (EFISCEN) is a large-scale forest model that projects forest resource development on regional to national scales. The model is suitable for the contemporary and future projection of forest resource and carbon balance of forest biomass and soils for a period of 50 to 60 years. The model uses national forest inventory data as a main source of input to describe the current structure and composition of forest resources. EFISCEN provides data on basic forest inventory data (species, area, stemwood volume, increment, mortality, age-structure), but the model includes multiple indicators related to important forest ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, biodiversity, recreation, wind and fire risk), enabling the assessment of impacts of different policy and management strategies at the national and European level. EFISCEN has been developed by both Alterra and European Forest Institute.

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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) November 2016

Conserving Forests to Combat Climate Change

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement recognized the critical role of forests in combating climate change. This recognition included actions to halt and reverse the rate of deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, which have contributed up to 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. To assist countries in these actions, the agreement includes a framework of policies and incentives for reducing deforestation and forest degradation and increasing carbon storage in forests through conservation and sustainable management. This is known as REDD+, a mechanism that has evolved over a decade of discussions, research, and negotiations to become a key piece of the newly adopted climate architecture. The aim of REDD+ is to halt and reverse forest cover and carbon loss in developing countries by helping countries shift to low-emissions development pathways by increasing the value of healthy forests relative to other land uses. Achieving and sustaining the objectives of REDD+ requires the transformation of economic activities within and outside of forests, often referred to as the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. A solid understanding of REDD+ and the Paris Agreement is needed to accomplish these economic transformations and conserve forests as natural places, carbon stocks, and sustainable resources. This paper describes what REDD+ is, in a manner that is accessible to policy makers, scientists and civil society and in a form that is completely consistent with the UNFCCC decisions and agreements.

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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) January 2016

Forest Reference Level Submissions under REDD+

EDF, TNC, UCS, and WWF’s report Forest Reference Level Submissions under REDD+: An Analysis of Submission Trends, Leading Practices, and Areas for Improvement examines the first six FRLs to be submitted to the UN – by Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Malaysia and Mexico. It provides an overview of the different approaches these countries have taken to developing their FRLs. It examines some of the shared trends, in order to identify good practices, areas for improvement and lessons learnt. And it examines how effectively they can contribute to delivering real emissions reductions.

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UN-REDD Programme February 2016

REDD+ Academy Learning Journals

This comprehensive REDD+ learning resource addresses 12 key topics in REDD+: Forest, Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change; Understanding REDD+ and the UNFCCC; Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation; National Strategies and Action Plans; National Forest Monitoring Systems; Forest Reference Emission Levels; Policies and Measures for REDD+ Implementation; REDD+ Safeguards; REDD+ Finance; Approaches for Allocation of Incentives; Stakeholder Engagement; Good Governance.

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Food and Agriculture Organization of th... November 2015

Forest monitoring and assessment

FAO's programme dedicated to assisting countries in developing national forest monitoring systems and assessments with the objective of providing reliable forest resource information for national forest policy development, planning and sustainable management.

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July 2015

Decisiones de REDD+ en la CoP19: Alcances en la Estrategia Nacional de Cambio Climático y Recursos Vegetacionales (ENCCRV) de Chile

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EU REDD Facility June 2015

Comment concilier développement agricole et forestier en Côte d’Ivoire, et à quel coût?

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EU REDD Facility June 2015

Linking FLEGT and REDD+

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October 2015

O nível de referência de emissões florestais do Brasil para pagamentos por resultados de redução de emissões provenientes do desmatamento no bioma Amazônia

O Brasil é responsável por expressivos resultados de redução de emissões de CO 2 provenientes do desmatamento no bioma Amazônia. ™ A formalização das ações nacionais de redução das emissões de gases de efeito estufa provenientes do desmatamento e degradação florestal, incluindo o papel da conservação florestal, do manejo sustentável de florestas e do aumento dos estoques de carbono florestal (REDD+) é um requisito para o reconhecimento dos resultados alcançados no âmbito da Convenção-Quadro das Nações Unidas sobre Mudança do Clima (UNFCCC). ™ O nível de referência de emissões florestais (FREL) é o referencial a partir do qual o resultado das ações de REDD+ é medido. ™ A submissão do FREL por países em desenvolvimento é voluntária, sendo, porém, um dos requisitos de elegibilidade para o recebimento de pagamentos por desempenho. O Brasil foi o primeiro país a submeter um FREL para avaliação de especialistas indicados pela UNFCCC em junho de 2014, dando início à implementação do Marco de Varsóvia para REDD+. O FREL submetido pelo Brasil passou por rigoroso processo de avaliação no âmbito da UNFCCC entre agosto e novembro de 2014. Esse processo facilitativo, contribuiu para dar maior transparência à submissão e identificou também áreas onde o Brasil poderia priorizar seus esforços de desenvolvimento técnico. O Brasil espera que mais países em desenvolvimento submetam seus FRELs e que países desenvolvidos se comprometam com o pagamento por resultados, para garantir a efetiva contribuição de REDD+ para a mitigação da mudança global do clima.

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January 2015

Sourcebook on Monitoring Biodiversity for REDD+

The Sourcebook published by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH seeks to bring clarity to the challenge of monitoring biodiversity for REDD+ while acknowledging the need to avoid adding further complexity. The Sourcebook emphasises a phased approach to monitoring based on availability of resources, and highlights that monitoring biodiversity as part of REDD+ can help countries to achieve both their biodiversity and climate commitments more cost-effectively. Contributing to the goal of achieving multiple benefits through REDD+, the Sourcebook seeks to answer three key questions: Why monitor biodiversity for REDD+? What to monitor? How to monitor? Drawing on the literature and contributions from a wide range of experts, the Sourcebook provides a simple framework for answering these questions. Summaries of key monitoring methods are presented with best practice guidance and practical case studies drawn from REDD+ and forest projects around the world.

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January 2015

Sourcebook on Monitoring Biodiversity for REDD+

The Sourcebook published by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH seeks to bring clarity to the challenge of monitoring biodiversity for REDD+ while acknowledging the need to avoid adding further complexity. The Sourcebook emphasises a phased approach to monitoring based on availability of resources, and highlights that monitoring biodiversity as part of REDD+ can help countries to achieve both their biodiversity and climate commitments more cost-effectively. Contributing to the goal of achieving multiple benefits through REDD+, the Sourcebook seeks to answer three key questions: Why monitor biodiversity for REDD+? What to monitor? How to monitor? Drawing on the literature and contributions from a wide range of experts, the Sourcebook provides a simple framework for answering these questions. Summaries of key monitoring methods are presented with best practice guidance and practical case studies drawn from REDD+ and forest projects around the world.

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University of Connecticut (UCONN) November 2014

Nested governance for effective REDD+: institutional and political arguments

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Forest Enhancement (REDD+) has become a central focus of global climate change mitigation efforts. Even though the international demand for forest-based carbon sequestration is the key driver of REDD+, forest protection strategies must be implemented on the ground. This cross-scale nature of REDD+ explains why scholars and policy makers increasingly favor nested governance arrangements over either fully centralized or fully decentralized REDD+ governance.

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Global Forest Observations Initiative (... December 2015

Methods and Guidance from the Global Forest Observations Initiative

The purpose of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Methods and Guidance Document (MGD) is to provide countries with advice relevant to their development of national forest monitoring, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) systems that use remotely sensed and ground-based data. The MGD provides information that can be customised to fit individual country circumstances and cope with both preferences and evolution in technology.

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Global Forest Observations Initiative (... December 2015

Méthodes et pratiques recommandées par l’Initiative mondiale pour l’observation des forêts

Le présent document de l’Initiative mondiale pour l’observation des forêts (GFOI) a pour objet de conseiller les pays aux fins de l’élaboration d’un dispositif de surveillance des forêts nationales, ainsi que d’un système de mesure, notification et vérification fondé sur des données de télédétection et des données au sol. Il contient des informations qui peuvent être adaptées aux circonstances de chaque pays et qui sont compatibles avec les divers choix et évolutions technologiques.

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Global Forest Observations Initiative (... December 2015

Métodos y orientación de la Iniciativa Mundial de Observación de los Bosques

El propósito del documento sobre métodos y orientación de la Iniciativa Mundial de Observación de los Bosques (GFOI) consiste en proporcionar a los países el asesoramiento necesario para que desarrollen sistemas nacionales de vigilancia forestal, así como de medición, notificación y verificación (MRV), que utilicen datos DE teledetección Y obtenidos in situ. El documento sobre métodos y orientación suministra información adaptable a las circunstancias particulares de un país y acorde a las preferencias y los avances tecnológicos.

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Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) July 2013

An Operational Framework for Defining and Monitoring Forest Degradation

Thompson, I. D., M. R. Guariguata, K. Okabe, C. Bahamondez, R. Nasi, V. Heymell, and C. Sabogal. 2013. An operational framework for defining and monitoring forest degradation. Ecology and Society 18(2): 20.

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International Tropical Timber Organizat... February 2013

Governing the Forests: An Institutional Analysis of REDD+ and Community Forest Management in Asia

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November 2012

Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation – a Synthesis Report for REDD+ Policymakers

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Client Earth November 2012

Statement from the safeguards working group delivered at SBSTA 37

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Conservation International (CI) January 2013

Comments on Elements for a possible draft decision on modalities for national forest monitoring systems and measuring, reporting and verifying

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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) November 2012

External Policy Brief: UNFCCC-COP18 - Overall Expectations for REDD+

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International Tropical Timber Organizat... November 2012

Working together to get forest measurement right: A solution for REDD+

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Global Observation of Forest and Land C... December 2012

Sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring, measuring and reporting - COP 18 Version 1

This sourcebook is the outcome of an ad-hoc REDD working group of GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) that has been active since the initiation of the UNFCCC REDD process in 2005. It provides a consensus perspective from the global community of earth observation and carbon experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying carbon impacts of implementation activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD).

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Association Congolaise pour le Dévelop... October 2012

Rapport de sensibilisation, de consultation des communautés locales du district de Moungoundou-Nord sur le processus de changement climatique, de gestion durable des ecosystèmes forestier et de la lutte contre l'explotation illegeles des fôrets

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October 2015

Florestas tropicais, mitigação e adaptação às mudanças climáticas

Os países estão buscando formas efetivas de redução da pressão humana que resulta em emissões de gases de efeito estufa, incluindo ações para controlar o desmatamento. \\r\\nHá convergência entre nações quanto a um objetivo comum: retardar, deter e reverter a perda de cobertura florestal e estoques de \\r\\ncarbono associados, considerando as circunstâncias nacionais.

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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) February 2013

Submission to the UNFCCC on robust, transparent forest monitoring systems for REDD+

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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) January 2012

REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter Volume 18

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International Tropical Timber Organizat... February 2013

Twenty-five success stories: Illustrating ITTO’s 25-year quest to sustain tropical forests

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International Tropical Timber Organizat... February 2013

Twenty-five success stories: Illustrating ITTO’s 25-year quest to sustain tropical forests

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International Tropical Timber Organizat... February 2013

Twenty-five success stories: Illustrating ITTO’s 25-year quest to sustain tropical forests

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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) November 2010

REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter Volume 12

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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) September 2010

REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter Volume 11

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The Center for People and Forests (RECO... June 2010

Vietnam: Why REDD+ Needs Local People

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World Bank Independent Evaluation Group... June 2010

TEDxWorldBankGroup

Kenneth Chomitz, Senior Adviser at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank, spoke about the climate change and its impact on the distruction of tropical rainforest.

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July 2010

Readiness Plan for REDD (R-PP draft) by the DRC for the period 2010-2012

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July 2010

Plan de Préparation à la REDD (R-PP draft) 2010-2012 de la RDC

French PDF 1.60 MB

Global Observation of Forest and Land C... July 2009

An Assessment of National Forest Monitoring Capabilities in Tropical Non-Annex I Countries: Recommendations for Capacity Building

In partnership with the Government of Norway, GOFC-GOLD has carried out a study to understand the needs to monitor REDD in the world's tropical forests. This study examines, in 99 tropical non-Annex I countries, the current monitoring capabilities and the availability of remote sensing data and makes specific recommendations for the near term capacity development activities that would be required to implement an accurate forest area change and carbon monitoring system.

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Kyoto: Think Global Act Local March 2009

A Field Guide for Assessing and Monitoring Reduced Forest Degradation and Carbon Sequestration by Local Communities

This document is a field manual, developed by the Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local project (K:TGAL, for more information on this project see the below web link), for the training of local organisations who would in turn train local communities to make formal forest inventories. It is a draft in progress, being updated and improved on a regular basis. Any comments or suggestions would be very welcome. Please send these to: < Verplanke@itc.nl >

English PDF 1.93 MB

Center for International Forestry Resea... February 2009

Info Brief: Measuring and monitoring forest degradation for REDD: Implications of country circumstances

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Center for International Forestry Resea... February 2009

Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, options and implications

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The Monitoring Matters Network April 2009

Local Participation in Natural Resource Monitoring – A Characterization of Approaches

No system exists to guide the development and expansion of natural resource monitoring schemes. To help develop such a protocol, the authors present a typology of monitoring categories, defined by their degree of local participation, ranging from no local involvement with monitoring undertaken by professional researchers to an entirely local effort with monitoring undertaken by local people. The strengths and weaknesses of each monitoring category are assessed. Locally based monitoring can lead to rapid decisions to solve the key threats affecting natural resources, can empower local communities to better manage their resources, and can refine sustainable-use strategies to improve local livelihoods.

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Center for International Forestry Resea... February 2009

Do trees grow on money?: The implications of deforestation research for policies to promote REDD

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Center for International Forestry Resea... February 2009

¿Crecen los árboles sobre el dinero? Implicaciones de la investigación sobre deforestación en las medidas para promover la REDD

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Center for International Forestry Resea... February 2009

木はお金で育つか? 「森林減少と森林劣化に由来する排出削減(REDD)」 に対する森林減少研究からの示唆

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