Strengthening the Environmental Governance, Climate Change, and Human Rights Dialogue in the UNFCCC Process

Part of the excitement of attending a COP is attending cutting-edge side events and workshops. This past Saturday, I spent my first day at the UNFCCC COP 19 attending the workshop “Rights, Governance and Climate Change,” jointly organized Yale University’s Governance and Environmental Markets Initiative (GEM) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research…
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Landscape Scale Approaches

The Global Landscape Forum at the University of Warsaw brought together NGOs from all over the world.  It is a new combination of what used to be two different events discussing forests and agriculture in mitigating and adapting to climate change: Forest Day and Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day. Many of the NGOs have projects in Indonesia, East Africa, and…
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Localizing Monitoring

The 2013 Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland viewed ecology from countless angles. The climate negotiations at COP19 involve nations agreeing to commitments that will benefit the entire planet. Yet, it is “on the ground,” in local areas, where solutions to climate change will be implemented. Native people in their local communities are the ideal…
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Identifying Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation: Applied Strategies

The drivers of deforestation and forest degradation must be identified and monitored so that countries may develop strategies to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Because REDD+ is entering phase two of payments for performance it is becoming a major issue among negotiators. Direct drivers of deforestation include conversion to agriculture, infrastructure expansion and mining,…
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