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The EU REDD Facility experts publish blog posts to provide the latest insights and a personal perspective about their work reducing deforestation through improved land-use governance.

Blog

The EU REDD Facility experts publish blog posts to provide the latest insights and a personal perspective about their work reducing deforestation through improved land-use governance.

Reducing the bitterness of coffee from Vietnam’s Central Highlands

I love coffee in the morning, its taste, its aroma and the boost of energy it gives me to start the day. While enjoying a fresh brew some years ago, I began to think about what was behind my morning cup – where do the beans come from? What are the landscapes where they are produced like? And who are the people that harvest this coffee?
Satrio Adi Wicaksono from the EU REDD Facility moderated the side event featuring five panellists. Mathis Freytag, Doreen Asumang-Yeboah and Chay Senkhammoungkhoun (seated from left to right) joined in person. Karina Barrera and Tran Quynh Chi joined virtually.Beatrix Cornally (RECOFTC)

Six ingredients of successful partnerships for legal and sustainable forest-risk commodities

How can we ensure legal and sustainable value chains that unleash local wellbeing and protect forest and biodiversity without excluding smallholders? The answer may be in the mixing of six ingredients to whip up successful multistakeholder partnerships that can support legal and sustainable supply chains of forest-risk commodities.
10 years 10 lessons

Season’s greetings and 2021 in review

As 2021 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some highlights from this year’s work by the EU REDD Facility. This year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our founding, taking the opportunity to reflect on the lessons we learned over the last decade. We’re working to ensure these insights help to shape and accelerate action for protecting and restoring the world’s forests.
Tropical rainforest, Latin AmericaGustavo Frazao

Tracking private finance in tropical forest countries – COP26 side event

On the second day of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, world leaders announced a pledge to save and restore our planet’s forests. With that deal came a long list of commitments from public and private sector actors to combat deforestation.
Colombia’s updated NDC is one of the most ambitious of Latin America, it is 6–22% stronger than the first NDC. It includes agricultural sector mitigation targets on coffee.Jess Kraft

Taking stock of national climate plans: what’s in it for forests?

In the lead up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, each country was asked to outline its post-2020 climate plans, known as their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Taken collectively, the initial plans put forward by countries did not go far enough to reach the Agreement’s goal: to limit global average temperature rise to “well below” 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels, and to “pursue efforts” to limit it to 1.5 ºC.

The lessons of COVID-19: facilitation for meeting sustainability goals

When the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, I was in Bogota on a work mission, living the last moments of what some could now consider a “normal” professional life. I returned home to Barcelona early and impassively observed how the world was dramatically changing, with a feeling of being useless in the crisis and disrupted in my personal work. Since then, the pandemic has harshly impacted all populations around the globe, in terms of health, of course, but also economically and socially.
Discussion with the ninik mamak, or customary heads, of the Padang Hilalang customary community in West Sumatra, Indonesia.Pandong Spenra, KARSA

Customary forests and timber management: a way forward in Indonesia

Customary and indigenous groups protect, manage, and use their forests in many ways, some relying on logging and the timber trade to support their livelihoods. Supporting customary groups to manage forests that they depend on helps reduce deforestation in tropical countries, recent research suggests.
Discussion with the ninik mamak, or customary heads, of the Padang Hilalang customary community in West Sumatra, Indonesia.Pandong Spenra, KARSA

Hutan adat dan pengelolaan kayu: langkah ke depan bagi Indonesia

Masyarakat adat melindungi, mengelola, dan memanfaatkan hutan mereka dengan berbagai cara. Misalnya, beberapa masyarakat adat menebang dan menjual kayu yang mereka peroleh sebagai sumber mata pencaharian.  Penelitian terbaru menunjukkan bahwa dukungan yang diberikan kepada masyarakat adat untuk mengelola hutan yang menjadi sumber mata pencaharian mereka akan membantu mengurangi laju deforestasi di negara-negara tropis.