Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
The July issue of Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation contains a suite of papers on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).
The editorial by Tom Clements focuses on the institutional challenges of REDD+. REDD+ schemes not only protect the carbon in the forest but also integrate biodiversity conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks through reforestation and regeneration.
The Forum section investigates the issue of governance. Experts debate how the level of forest rights and regulations influences the effectiveness of REDD schemes.
Tanzania is then the focus in a paper by Burgess et al. The authors highlight the country’s progress in implementing REDD+ so far and discuss what needs to be achieved next. For example, a national forest inventory is crucial for establishing a baseline carbon storage level.
Finally Scharlemann et al explore the role of protected areas and REDD, stating that they have lost carbon due to habitat loss (though not as much as unprotected areas) and would benefit from REDD funding.
Read the REDD papers for free on the Cambridge University Press website.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is proud to help disseminate important research on REDD and REDD+ through Oryx. These papers will now inform the global debate and hopefully influence REDD projects on the ground.
We have been actively establishing REDD projects for nearly three years. Our focus has been to pilot REDD and investigate the practical aspects of this innovative scheme.
FFI members can now access Oryx online on the Cambridge University Press website.
For more information on this new development please contact FFI Membership Secretary Ken Richard at [email protected] or +44 (0)1223 579472
Visit the Oryx page on the Cambridge University Press website
Photo credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI, Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation.