Forest

Making benefit sharing work for forest dependent communities

Benefit sharing is an instrument for converting conservation financing into incentives for positive change at the national and subnational level. A country´s benefit sharing mechanism can determine who is involved in conservation activities. The way benefits are shared influences who bear costs, whether they are compensated, and what forms of incentives are available. While the establishment of an effective benefit sharing mechanism is achievable there are several key questions that need to be tackled beforehand, including:
• Who should benefit?

Habitat restoration to conserve Asia endemic primate, Phayre´s Leaf Monkey, in Myanmar

Phayre´s leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei) distributes in the tropical Asia and mainly inhabits Southeast Asia. It is listed as endangered species in IUCN Red List since its population is at risk of becoming extinct or threatened by anthropogenic activities. Hunting stress and habitat loss are main causes for declining the population. It is also listed as CITES Appendix II in order to control the illegal trade. In Myanmar, Phayre's leaf monkey is given high priority for protection and it was listed as ´completely protected animals´ by the national wildlife law.

Business dependency and impacts on ecosystems

In the context of agricultural production, sustainable management practices can maintain or increase, or prevent declines in, flows of environmental goods and services, as the quality and availability of the raw materials depend on the availability of ecosystem services. Negative trends in the availability of these services would affect productivity of the farmers, and the entire value chain all the way to the food manufacturer.

Community forest in Northeastern Thailand: economic value, pressure and community adaptation for sustainable livelihoods.

Community forest management (CFM) focuses on improving livelihoods of rural people and conserving natural forest ecosystems through local participation and cooperation. Increasing demands for forest resources and community socioeconomic change create pressures on CFM. This study presents a community forest named Kok Nongjan (KNJ) in Nong Song Hong, Khon Kaen, Thailand. The study estimates economic value of non-timber forest product (NTFP), examines user responses to increasing demands of NTFPs, and identifies community adaptation to change in attempts to sustain livelihoods.

Showcasing REDD+ pro-poor strategies in Uganda, Indonesia, Guatemala, Cameroon and Ghana

IUCN is developing Pro-Poor options for REDD+. IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ approach is being shaped and developed in Guatemala, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and Indonesia. The proposed poster will inform visitors to the 2012 WCC and showcase successful experiences with the shaping of the Pro-Poor REDD+ Approach in these countries. The objective of the approach is for REDD+ not to create additional burdens for the rural poor, and to influence national REDD+ frameworks to take the interests of forest-reliant communities, Indigenous Peoples, women and other vulnerable groups into account.

TerraLook: Free Satellite Images for Busy People or the Technologically Disinterested

Although satellite images are now widely available they are still underutilized by the conservation community. Yet, such images are tremendously useful for discovering and monitoring change, for understanding what is happening on the ground, and for simple and powerful communication.

A variety of reasons contribute to this under-use, including complicated systems for obtaining and processing images, the need for fast Internet connections, and the belief that images are too difficult to find and use.

Conserving biodiversity education, protection and restoration: How the Sister parks model works

As Sister Parks, Jeju Volcanic Island & Lava Tubes, Republic of Korea and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, U.S.A., share common management priorities aimed at preserving and restoring biodiversity, ecosystems and habitat for native & endemic species, perpetuating sacred cultural landscapes & indigenous cultures, & in partnering with neighboring communities and other stakeholders in developing sustainable tourism products & services to support local economies and promoting stewardship. Both are World Heritage Sites which face common challenges.

Species Cataloguing and Plant Red-listing at National Level

The workshop is for sharing the case studies on Catalogue of Life, Red-listing and Forest biodiversity monitoring in China and beyond, and providing a platform for exploring the possibility to build up regional network for species diversity assessment, monitoring and conservation.

A novel fire restoration tool – in Mount Attavyros Natura 2000 site, island of Rhodes

The poster will present the LIFE08 NAT/GR/000533 project, entitled "Fire RestorAtion Methodology for MEditerranean Forests – environmental safety & sustainability of 4 interventions in the Rhodes NATURA 2000 site FRAMME", which was developed, with the ambition of covering the knowledge gap in contemporary science regarding management and restoration of fire afflicted Mediterranean forests.

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