Ecosystem Services

The latest round of U.N. climate change negotiations is quickly approaching. This round represents a significant milestone because it is the deadline for reaching a new international climate agreement. Winrock International is gearing up to actively engage — hosting sessions on the importance of forest degradation, as well as low emission development and land use. Winrock staff have been invited to speak at a number of additional side events to share their work and views on topics such as REDD+ and INDCs, standard setting, reference levels, and private sector finance in REDD+.

Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers

As part of a U.S. Department of State-funded project, Winrock International has published a report – Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers – that provides guidance to policy-makers to help them understand and facilitate the connection between emission reducing activities that require finance, instruments, and sources of funds. The report also targets land managers at the local level seeking finance for specific sustainable land use programs.

Streck, C., Murray, B., Aquino, A., Durschinger, L., Estrada, M., Parker C., and Zeleke, A. 2015. “Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers.” Prepared with support from cooperative agreement # S-LMAQM-13-CA-1128 with U.S. Department of State. This report serves as a practical guide for those seeking finance to implement specific actions to reduce emissions from land use. It is intended to assist national policymakers and other decision-makers in accessing and leveraging financial mechanisms to support activities that reduce forest GHG emissions and increase forest carbon stocks.

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The John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project, seeks proposals for applied research on community co-management of wetlands in Bangladesh, by Feb. 13, 2015.

The goal of the Advancing REDD+ Policy and Practice program is to strengthen and influence the capacity of practitioners and policymakers on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. Through a series of papers, workshops and facilitated dialogues, Winrock International and the U.S. Department of State will remove barriers to the progress of REDD+ by providing unbiased analysis of pressing REDD+ topics and promoting constructive dialogue among key stakeholders.

The goal of the Advancing REDD+ Policy and Practice program is to strengthen and influence the capacity of practitioners and policymakers on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. Through a series of papers, workshops and facilitated dialogues, Winrock International and the U.S. Department of State will remove barriers to the progress of REDD+ by providing unbiased analysis of pressing REDD+ topics and promoting constructive dialogue among key stakeholders.

Streck, C., Murray, B., Aquino, A., Durschinger, L., Estrada, M., Parker C., and Zeleke, A. 2015. “Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers.” Prepared with support from cooperative agreement # S-LMAQM-13-CA-1128 with U.S. Department of State. This report serves as a practical guide for those seeking finance to implement specific actions to reduce emissions from land use. It is intended to assist national policymakers and other decision-makers in accessing and leveraging financial mechanisms to support activities that reduce forest GHG emissions and increase forest carbon stocks.

In 2014, Winrock’s John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program held a competition for applied research concepts to assess the current value of mangrove ecosystem services in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, as well as changes that are likely to occur due to climate change and other impacts. This is a summary of the team that was commissioned under the USAID-funded Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project.

Authors: Timothy R H Pearson, Sandra Brown, and Felipe M Casarim. The focus of land-use related efforts in developing countries to reduce carbon emissions has been on slowing deforestation, yet international agreements are to reduce emissions from both deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The second ‘D’ is poorly understood and accounted for a number of technical and policy reasons. Here we introduce a complete accounting method for estimating emission factors from selective timber harvesting, a substantial form of forest degradation in many tropical developing countries. The method accounts separately for emissions from the extracted log, from incidental damage to the surrounding forest, and from logging infrastructure, and emissions are expressed as units of carbon per cubic meter of timber extracted to allow for simple application to timber harvesting statistics.

Carbon and Co-Benefits from Sustainable Land Use Management. Deliverable 6: Impact of Logging on Carbon Stocks of Tropical Forests: The Republic of Congo as a Case Study (2005)

Deliverable 13A: Impact of Logging on Carbon Stocks of Forests: Chihuahua Mexico as a Case Study (2005)

The latest round of U.N. climate change negotiations is quickly approaching. This round represents a significant milestone because it is the deadline for reaching a new international climate agreement. Winrock International is gearing up to actively engage — hosting sessions on the importance of forest degradation, as well as low emission development and land use. Winrock staff have been invited to speak at a number of additional side events to share their work and views on topics such as REDD+ and INDCs, standard setting, reference levels, and private sector finance in REDD+.

Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers

As part of a U.S. Department of State-funded project, Winrock International has published a report – Financing Land Use Mitigation: A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers – that provides guidance to policy-makers to help them understand and facilitate the connection between emission reducing activities that require finance, instruments, and sources of funds. The report also targets land managers at the local level seeking finance for specific sustainable land use programs.

JDR 3RD Logo

The John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project, seeks proposals for applied research on community co-management of wetlands in Bangladesh, by Feb. 13, 2015.

Kevin Brown

Winrock’s Kevin Brown was featured as part of an online conversation and debate on palm oil, entitled "We need to talk about peat." Brown’s contribution explains why we need a landscape-wide perspective on palm oil as a part of policies designed to mitigate global climate change, and is related to an analysis Winrock International did in 2013 for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Sandra with her award, flanked by USDA Forest Service officials

Dr. Sandra Brown, chief scientist for Winrock International's Ecosystem Services Unit, was recently presented with the USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) Tropical Forest Conservation Award in recognition of her work as the IITF’s most prolific research cooperator.