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A Primer for Monitoring Water Funds

Water Funds are governance and financial mechanisms organized around the central principle of watershed conservation. This document is intended to assist people working on Water Funds to understand their information needs and become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of various monitoring approaches. This primer is not intended to make people monitoring experts, but rather […]

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Recommendations from Katoomba China-Global

Policymakers, natural resource managers, researchers, and expert practitioners from 13 Chinese provinces and 15 countries recently convened at Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water, and People in Beijing to advance investments in natural infrastructure for water security in an urbanizing world. The setting reflected China’s global leadership in eco-compensation as well as regional opportunities to improve the […]

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REDD+ Biodiversity Safeguards: Options for Developing National Approaches

Presently, over 20 Asian countries are engaged in REDD+ readiness activities. Each of these countries is committed to promoting and supporting the ‘Cancun safeguards’ for REDD+ activities under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in addition to delivering on national interpretations of the ‘Aichi Targets’ for the Strategic Plan (2011-2020) of the […]

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Lessons Learned from Community Forestry & REDD+ in Brazil

In the new publication REDD+ and Community Forestry: Lessons Learned from an Exchange of Brazilian Experiences with Africa, experts describe the lessons learned from an initiative by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to share Brazilian experiences with African countries. The initiative was undertaken by World Bank staff with funding from the Global Environment Facility and […]

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Wealth, Rights, and Resilience:
An Agenda for Governance Reform in Small-scale Fisheries

The diversity of social, ecological and economic characteristics of small-scale fisheries in developing countries means that context-specific assessments are required to understand and address shortcomings in their governance. This article contrasts three perspectives on governance reform focused alternately on wealth, rights and resilience, and argues that-far from being incompatible- these perspectives serves as useful counterweights […]

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LEAF publishes Asian REL Workshop Proceedings

LEAF is a five year program that will continue to engage regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in a technical capacity building program focused on REDD+ Readiness.  The program also works on policy and market incentives for improved forest management and land use planning, develops innovative pilot interventions, and strengthens regional platforms […]

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Local perspectives on REDD

From the local perspective of stakeholders living in tropical forest margin, the REDD+ debate is an additional complication in an already complex relationship that they have with central governments and forest authorities. Can they make use of the REDD+ interest of their national government to further their livelihoods strategies and development aspirations? Or will the […]

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Green Values Stormwater Management Calculator

This tool allow users to make hydrological and financial comparisons between conventional stormwater management strategies and green interventions.?Users can input site statistics, and a range of green infrastructure interventions to see outcomes in both hydrological (discharge and peak discharge by lot and site levels, total detention size requirements, and average annual discharge) and financial (life […]

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Factories or Forests? Bringing Ecosystem Service Markets Back to the Land

Investment in environmental markets including the carbon market has risen to 66 billion US-dollars (USD) within a decade. Yet so far these markets have widely disregarded land-use change and forestry projects. The Katoomba Ecosystems Services Incubator was created in 2007 to promote investment in forest-based carbon markets.

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Hidden wealth revealed in Ontario's Greenbelt: The Lake Simcoe Watershed

Toronto, June 26, 2008 – The ecological benefits provided by the Lake Simcoe ecosystem, a vital part of the world’s largest and most diverse Greenbelt, are estimated at close to $1 billion a year, according to a study released today. Lake Simcoe Basin’s Natural Capital: The Value of the Watershed’s Ecosystem Services, examines the goods […]

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Mangroves in the Gulf of California Increase Fishery Yields

This report shows that in the Gulf of California, fisheries landings are positively related to the local abundance of mangroves and, in particular, to the productive area in the mangrove-water fringe that is used as nursery and/or feeding grounds by many commercial species. Mangroves are disappearing rapidly worldwide despite their well documented biodiversity and the […]

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From Exclusion to Ownership

This report finds that the transition did continue in the 2002–2008 period. The area of state ownership declined, and there were corresponding increases in the area of forests designated for use by communities and indigenous peoples, the area owned by communities and indigenous peoples, and the area owned by individuals and firms. Though the tenure […]

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'When and Where Is a PWS Investment Justified in Biophysical Terms

This document attempts to simplify the information available on hydrological services of forests and other natural systems. It summarizes for practitioners what has been published as potential land use practices and helps to focus hydrological data gathering and research efforts.