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.
More than one third of protected areas data for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been improved over the past two years through a collaborative effort between UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme -World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and IUCN through the BIOPAMA programme (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management). Important protected area databases have been sustained and a number of high-impact reports have been produced to support the goal of improving access to best available science and knowledge on protected areas.
That vital link between people and nature is part of what drives Goodall, a UN Messenger of Peace and Disneynature Ambassador, in her mission to support conservation around the world. Goodall’s latest efforts to raise awareness comes in the form of “Monkey Kingdom,” a Disneynature film narrated by Tina Fey that opens Friday. The movie, which was filmed over the course of three years, follows the path of a tocque macaque named Maya, who is born at the bottom of the social hierarchy of her troop in Sri Lanka.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Shell have agreed to work together to address key conservation challenges, focusing on rehabilitating marshlands in Iraq, decommissioning North Sea oil infrastructure in a way that preserves biodiversity and reviewing oil spill remediation in the Niger Delta.
Some farmers in Ghana kill saplings on their land over fears their food crops will one day get damaged by loggers who come to clear the trees. And in Cameroon, while communal forests can generate up to 50 times more income than what they did under state control, almost none of that money goes to families or toward roads, schools and other projects that benefit the community as a whole.