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LCF Guide

Guide to investing in locally controlled forestry

This guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) is an outcome of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative that engaged The Forests Dialogue to co-ordinate 11 wideranging dialogues involving investors, rights-holders, governments, donors and others on this topic. It is primarily a tool for practical action and its advice draws on strong evidence showing that locally-controlled forestry enterprises can be successful, sustainable and profitable for all stakeholders. It offers a market-based view of development, rooted in an understanding of the globalised, free-market economy, and concentrates on a role for Small Medium Entreprises (SMEs) – the ‘missing middle’ of many developing economies. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

Book cover Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

IUCN’s visualizing sustainable landscapes is a manual aimed to support the environmental community who is using visualization techniques to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas when dealing with conservation and development situations. The manual contains various visualization techniques that will facilitate communication among various stakeholders from different ethnic groups, with different levels of educations and literacy and different needs.   …  

25 Sep 2013 | Downloads - publication

A large tree within the Mamiri Forest Reserve in Western Ghana within the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

IUCN in Ghana Releases New REDD+ Documentary

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “Towards Pro-Poor REDD+” project in Ghana recently released a 30-minute documentary, profiling how Ghana’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are addressing climate change and the needs of the poor.  …  

14 Sep 2013 | Video
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Ms. Momdje Liliane, from the Association Jeunesse Verte Cameroon

REDD+ & Gender in Cameroon

REDD+ & Gender in Cameroon. Ms. Momdje Liliane, from the Association Jeunesse Verte Cameroon explains how REDD+ can support the crucial role that women play in forest conservation in Cameroon. …  

13 Sep 2013 | Video
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Mrs. Ewus, REDD+ Ghana

REDD+ in Ghana's Wassa Amenfi West District

REDD+ in Ghana's Wassa Amenfi West District …  

12 Sep 2013 | Video

Forest & Gender Publication

Publication of Forests and Gender - available for download

Forest and Gender by IUCN in collaboration with Women’s environment and Development Organization (WEDO), USA   Edited by Lorena Aguilar, Andrea Quesada-Aguilar and Daniel D.M.P. Shaw …  

12 Sep 2013 | Downloads - publication

Children planting in Thailand

Review of Poverty Reduction in the Doi Mae Salong Landscape Project

Between 2007 and 2010, IUCN’s Thailand Programme implemented a project in Doi Mae Salong (DMS), Chiang Rai Province, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF) and other partners. This project was part of IUCN’s global Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS). …  

29 Aug 2013 | Downloads - publication

REDD+ Benefit Sharing-Co-chair's Summary Report

IUCN and The Forests Dialogue Latest REDD+ Benefit Sharing Discussion Summary Report Now Available

 The Co-chairs’ summary report highlights key issues, questions, conclusions and next steps related to REDD+ Benefit Sharing mechanisms, discussed by an international group of experts at the latest scoping dialogue on REDD+ benefit sharing. …  

07 Aug 2013 | Downloads - publication

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates World Ranger Day, as Prince William salutes park rangers’ “brave and tireless work”

Today, we celebrate the outstanding efforts of park rangers around the globe on the occasion of World Ranger Day. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, nature’s most inspiring places stand a chance in the face of menacing threats, such as illegal poaching or forest clearing. …  

31 Jul 2013 | News story

La Chinantla, Oaxaca, Mexico

IUCN’s REDD+ Landscape Restoration Project Launches in Ghana and Mexico

With US$6.2 million in funding from Norway’s Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Ghana and Mexico are the first of four countries to kick off activities under IUCN’s “Advancing REDD+” project, which focuses on mobilizing private investment for community-based, carbon-intensive landscape restoration.  …  

26 Jul 2013 | Article


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