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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

FFF workshop in Nepal

Proceedings of National Workshop on Implementation of the Forest and Farm Facility in Nepal

The workshop report on “Validation of the Baseline Study and Discussion on Implementation of The Forest and Farm Facility in Nepal” is finalized. The workshop was jointly organized by IUCN Nepal, FAO Rome, and IIED, London on 2-3 July, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.   …  

26 Jul 2013 | Downloads - document
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Experiences in informal tenure reform from IUCN's Livelihoods & Landscapes Strategy

Improving access to forest resources

It is commonly claimed that forest tenure reform that provides rural people with rights to access and use of forest resources can contribute to improved forest management and poverty alleviation. But, at least with respect to poverty alleviation, there are few experiences with formal forest tenure reform that have demonstrated this to date. …  

23 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Using economic tools at the landscape level

Rethinking economics, markets and incentives

Based on a review of the experiences gained during the course of LLS, this paper documents insights and lessons about using markets and incentives to strengthen forest landscapes and livelihoods. It aims to interrogate just what a ‘landscape approach’ means in economic terms, to identify how markets can be used to generate incentives to share forest benefits more equitably and sustainably, and to highlight which kinds of approaches and ‘packages’ of interventions can assist in this. …  

22 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Experiences in forest landscape restoration and management

Improving ecosystem functionality and livelihood

This paper examines how interventions intended to improve functionality and productivity of forested landscapes to improve livelihoods of the poorest populations, might actually yield co-benefits in terms of biodiversity conservation. It argues in favour of a ‘landscape’ approach to achieve these co-benefits. …  

21 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Livelihood in Benet, Uganda

Rights, resources and rewards - Benet landscape, Uganda

The Mount Elgon region straddles Kenya and the east of Uganda, extending over an area of approximately 772,000 ha, of which 221,000 ha have been set aside as reserves and national parks. The remaining 550,000ha consist of farmlands and settlements. Mount Elgon itself rises 4,321 m above sea level and stretches over a distance of 80 km from north to south and 50 km wide. It nourishes a vast array of rivers and streams that feed into the important river systems of Africa, most notably the Nile. The area is important for species conservation thanks to the richness of endemic plant and animal species found on the mountain. …  

20 Jul 2013 | International news release
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Acre landscape, Brazil

Extracting value from the forest - Acre, Brazil

Originally important in the 19th century as a source of latex rubber, the region subsequently lost out following the rise of the Malaysian rubber industry. As a result, large swathes of the region’s forests were converted for farming and cattle ranching resulting in a loss of forest cover and related biodiversity. In the 20th century, following campaigns led by environmental activist, the late Chico Mendes, large areas were designated Extractive Reserves. Although this resulted in protection of the remaining forest, it did little to enhance the livelihoods of many of the forest-dwelling communities who remained very poor, largely because their land-tenure rights remained ill-defined and the small scale of their forestry-related activities meant that they were mainly confined to subsistence activities. …  

19 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

Small changes for big impacts - Wassa Amenfi West, Ghana

This paper describes LLS interventions in the Wassa Amenfi West Landscape in the western region of Ghana. The landscape extends over an area of about 120,000 ha. It is a mixed landscape with a variety of agricultural uses; the most important is cocoa farming. …  

18 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

IUCN REDD+ Project in Indonesia Supports Customary Land Mapping

With support from IUCN’s “Toward Pro-Poor REDD+” project, two provinces in Indonesia have produced customary land rights maps that are helping to facilitate REDD+ and broader community-based forest management efforts in the region.   …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article


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