19 May 2015

This report provides relevant background information and assesses the scope and potential for forest carbon related activities in Sri Lanka. It tracks what is known in terms of forest extent and quality, carbon stocks, forest trends and drivers, key players and their activities, tenure issues, and forest and land-related legislation and policies. Given the background situation, it then assesses the scope and opportunities for forest carbon activities and investments in Sri Lanka, the implementation challenges and steps to move forward.

08 May 2015

This paper presents a practitioner perspective on community-based REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) projects in the Pacific Islands. It draws upon the author's experience in forest conservation financing since 1987, and REDD project and programme design, development and implementation since 2006. The aim is to highlight the commercial challenges faced by REDD practitioners, and explore strategic (including policy) solutions to meet these challenges.

22 Apr 2015

China’s diplomatic and economic presence in Africa has grown considerably in recent years. From the establishment of the Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and efforts to strengthen diplomatic, cultural and economic relations with African nations, to the rapid growth in Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) and bilateral trade, this relationship is likely to continue to play a defining role in African economies.

22 Apr 2015

Disneynature’s newest film “Monkey Kingdom” — narrated by Tina Fey — is in theaters now. Each year for Earth Day, Disneynature releases a feature film about a different kind of animal and donates a portion of the film’s opening week sales to a designated nonprofit.

01 Apr 2015

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved a US$40.71 million loan to the Republic of Belarus for a new Forestry Development Project designed to enhance silvicultural management, reforestation and afforestation, increase the use of felling residues, and increase the overall contribution of forests to sustainable development. The project is also financed by a grant from the Global Environment Facility in the amount of US$2.74 million.