28 October 2021 Philippines

In the Philippines, community forestry can help the climate agenda, and vice versa - In conversation with Heidi Mendoza

The Filipino government can generate new momentum and resources for its longstanding community-based forest management programme, by placing it more centrally in its climate policies. This could benefit forest-dependent communities, but only if mistakes from the past are not repeated, argues Heidi Mendoza. It requires a better understanding of the conditions and constraints for community forestry.

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27 October 2021 General

Developing an investment case for inclusive food system transformation

How international finance can better meet local needs and aspirations will be the central topic during a session on the GLF Climate: Forests, Food and Finance – Frontiers of Change (5 – 7 November 2021) on the sidelines of the COP26.

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30 September 2021 General

When promoting climate-smart landscapes, make sure to listen to farmers first

Farmers in the poorer areas of the world are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The international community is expected to step up efforts to help them adapt to the new circumstances. TBI stresses that such interventions will need to be designed based on a profound understanding of local perceptions and needs.

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21 September 2021 the Netherlands

Including smallholders in EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests

In Mid-December 2021 the European Commission is due to release a regulatory proposal to minimise the European Union’s (EU) deforestation and forest degradation footprint. In advance of this draft proposal, six NGOs have come together to outline how the EU can ensure that the Regulation does not harm communities and smallholders (key actors in the production of forest and ecosystem risk commodities (FERCs)).

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16 September 2021 General

Working towards fire smart territories

Over the past decade, uncontrolled forest fires have increasingly captured international headlines. They have affected many regions worldwide, including places not previously associated with fires, such as dense tropical forests. The human tragedy, the loss of assets, and the impacts on health and the environment have been tremendous. At the same time, fire contexts have become more complex, due to the effects of climate change; the presence of disturbed, more flammable vegetations; and the increase of economic activities in fire-prone landscapes. This combination of factors has increased the risk of fires spiralling out of control, and becoming wildfires.

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26 August 2021 Ethiopia

Towards a draft national restoration strategy for Ethiopia

Professionals committed to the development of Ethiopia’s drylands gathered again in Addis Ababa, for the start of a three-day meeting as part of their mission ‘Towards a draft national restoration strategy’. The Ethiopia Dryland Restoration Platform (EDRP) was formed in April at the national workshop on ‘Dryland restoration and dry forest management - Sharing knowledge to meet local needs and national commitments’, when a Declaration was made on a joint commitment to work towards a national dryland restoration strategy.

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