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In Kenya’s Mountain Forests, A New Path to Conservation

Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success. Here is a good news story from Africa...
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Re-Thinking Climate Interventions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: Insights From Nepal

While much of the debate around climate financing focuses on “how much,” an equally important question is “how?” It is far from easy to strengthen resilience in places where environmental and climate-related risks also interact with pre-existing social, economic, and political stresses,...
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

We have published the first edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2015. Read how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action, about linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa, or how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia.
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Quote of the Month

"The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe.” - Barack Obama, U.S. President, State of the Union Address, Washington D.C., 20 January 2015.
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Articles

Forests Publications

Quick Access

Rights and Resources Initiative 2008: Seeing People Through the Trees - Summary

USAID 2005: Forests & Conflicts. A Toolkit for Intervention. USAID/Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Kaimowitz, David 2005: Forests and Armed Conflict. In: ETFRN News Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

Brack, Duncan 2005: EU FLEGT Initiative:
Assessment of ‘Additional Measures' to Exclude Illegal Timber from EU Markets
, Chatham House.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 2004: Fact Sheet: Forests and Conflict.

 

Books & Studies

Global Witness 2011: Forest Carbon, Cash and Crime. London.

Gurung, Jeanette 2011: Getting REDD+ Right for Women. Bangkok: WOCAN.

Dhakal, B. et al. 2011: Forests for food security and livelihood sustainability: Policy problems and opportunities for small farmers in Nepal. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 35 (1): 86-115.

World Bank 2007: Democratic Republic of Congo: Transitional Support for Economic Recovery. Investigation Report. The Inspection Panel of the World Bank.

European Tropical Forest Research Network 2004/2005: ETFRN News 43 / 44:  Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

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Documents

FLEGT briefing sheets

The EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

The European Parliament motion on the FLEGT action plan, February 2004.

The EU Council Conclusions on the FLEGT action plan, October 2003.

Links

News, documents and events on social and environmental impacts of illegal logging. http://www.illegal-logging.info/

Security, Development and Forest Conflict. Forest conflict links and online publications.
http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/sdfc/index.htm

Background information and case studies on forest-related conflict analysis. http://conflictbiography.recoftc.org/html/index.htm

Congo Basin Forest Partnership: http://www.cbfp.org/

Poverty Environment Network. Examines the nexus between forests and livelihoods: http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/pen/_ref/about/index.htm