Deforestation and other changes in land use, mainly in the tropics, now
account for roughly 20 percent of climate pollution worldwide.
In fact, deforestation does more to deepen the climate crisis than the
world's cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined. If done right, new
strategies to protect and manage forests would help stabilize the Earth’s
climate, alleviate global poverty, improve international security, conserve
treasured natural places, and reduce the cost of climate action.
Climate Advisers is a global leader in developing and analyzing policy
solutions and investment vehicles for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
from the forest sector. We have designed and helped capitalize major
new investment partnerships, including the world's first multilateral fund
to reward developing nations for reducing deforestation rates. We also have
completed a global economic and spacial analysis of the emerging geography
of forest carbon asset supply. In addition, we have led policy
dialogues on forest carbon, bringing business and nonprofit stakeholders
together to craft consensus recommendations.
This paper by Climate Advisers managing director of research and policy Michael Wolosin and associate Cecilia Springer identifies success stories, emerging strategies, and existing NGO actions and efforts to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the production and trade of key global commodities. Michael and Cecilia have been facilitating civil society stakeholder input to the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 - a new alliance of governments and companies with the same goal. This background study, based on interviews with more than 20 civil society experts, will help identify opportunities for new partnerships and actions through the TFA.
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Poverty and forest loss often go hand in hand. In a new literature review, Climate Advisers researchers identify forest solutions that have a proven track record of measurably reducing poverty in rural and forest communities and creating benefits for national economic development.
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Climate Advisers president Nigel Purvis and director of research and policy Michael Wolosin recognize the recent step forward taken by the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in adopting the International Finance Corporation's best-in-class environmental and social standards. They also draw attention to key questions the MCC should address to ensure a strong implementation framework for the newly adopted standards, and to more consistently address the interactions between poverty and environment across MCC's other decision-making frameworks.
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