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Getting Paid to Practice Climate-Smart Agroforestry

The World Bank BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes has developed a methodology for accounting for carbon emissions across diverse landscapes, the first of its kind.

Mexico’s First Wood Fiberboard Plant Highlights Controversy Over UN FAO Definition of Forests

Drawing on local eucalyptus plantation it owns, Proteak Uno’s new medium density fiber board plant highlights the ongoing controversy revolving around industrial forestry and its contributions to achieving key national and international environmental, climate change and sustainable development goals.

Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Ground Zero for Sustainable Development

Acknowledging the broad-based value Quintana Roo’s diminishing forests afford society, state Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced a 15-year strategic plan to restore 700,000 hectares (1,729,000 acres) of forest. With ongoing expansion of the tourism-driven Maya Riviera economy, prospects for success hinge on the ability to reconcile tensions and conflicts of interest inherent to notions of sustainable development.

Six countries qualify for forest carbon partnership

Six Tropical Forest Countries Qualify for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Grants

Chile, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand and Vanuatu all submitted REDD+ Readiness Plans, thus qualifying for $23 million in grants, indicating that progress, through slow and halting, is being made at the international level to halt deforestation, forest degradation and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.