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CCI and China: where are we and what next?

In response to an increasing interest in China, CCI brought together 30 researchers from four CCI partner organisations and eight University Departments on the 17th December 2012 for a networking meeting to talk about their work in China and to explore opportunities for future collaborative projects. The title of the one day workshop was “CCI and…

Applications of airborne remote sensing to the conservation management of a West African National Park

Reducing emissions from tropical forest deforestation and degradation (REDD+) is regarded by some leading economists as a cost-effective means of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. In terms of conservation, REDD+ is often regarded as a win-win-win opportunity: climate change will be mitigated, biodiverse forests protected and local communities rewarded. Yet, the…

Integrating socio-economic data to improve the design and impact of REDD+ schemes

Policies to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are becoming increasingly important as a mechanism to protect tropical forests.  International negotiations have resulted in criteria under which such schemes can be implemented. At the same time, there is an emerging consensus that in order for these schemes to be successful and ensure adequate…

Trends and gaps in protection of the world’s biodiversity

In 2010, through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), governments committed to protecting adequately 17% of land and 10% of the sea by 2020 (Aichi Target 11) and to preventing extinction of known threatened species (Target 12). There is now a need to assess progress towards these targets, and to help governments sets priorities for…

Overcoming the legal barriers to REDD+ implementation

‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+) has become an important part of international climate change policy.  It is designed to create incentives for developing countries to participate in forestry conservation, aiming to contribute to climate change mitigation, biodiversity preservation, and also to the creation of sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent communities.  REDD+ can be…

Demonstrating ecosystem service values in Africa

Despite growing awareness of the importance of ecosystem services in supporting human well-being, conservationists are rarely able to provide policy-makers with robust information about the overall consequences of land use decisions. Existing locally-relevant data are too patchy and the methods, skills and resources needed to collect new information are typically unavailable. To address this issue,…

Bringing people together to discuss and debate new topics

Since the Programme was founded in 2008, Shared Challenges has run brainstorming workshops to bring groups of people together to introduce their work, exchange ideas and explore the potential for future collaboration. Topics discussed so far range from food security to habitat restoration and certification. Some of these discussions led to further collaborative work. For…

Exploring the linkages between poverty and biodiversity

Biodiversity supports livelihoods of the rural poor in a number of ways, providing scope for building bridges between the conservation and development community to achieve win-win outcomes. A growing interest in this area amongst CCI partners stimulated a Shared Challenges workshop in March 2012 which provided an ideal opportunity to share perspectives and to discuss…