REDD+ and Agriculture Web Resource

There are a growing number of organisations, academics, publications and projects seeking to understand and address the links between deforestation and agriculture. The International Sustainability Unit (ISU) has itself commissioned a series of studies intended to address how the increasing demand for certain commodities could be met without further deforestation, and how REDD+ finance and policy frameworks could assist the agricultural sector transition from business-as-usual to sustainable and resilient agricultural systems in particular countries.

The following Web Resource is intended to be an accessible and searchable to guide to the wide array of resources and initiatives linking REDD+ and Agriculture, and is searchable by document type, commodity, region and keyword. We hope this will prove a helpful and interactive resource. We welcome comments, feedback and suggestions of material not yet included, and will keep the resource as up-to-date as possible. For any comments or suggestions please contact Edward Davey (Edward.davey@royal.gsx.gov.uk).

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Title Author/Organisation Publisher/Journal Year Commodity Abstract/Description Contact
Carbon outcomes of major land-cover transitions in SE Asia: great uncertainties and REDD+ policy implications Alan D. Ziegler and Jacob Phelps Global Change Biology 2012 All Policy makers across the tropics propose that carbon finance could provide incentives for forest frontier communities to transition away from swidden agriculture (slash-and-burn or shifting cultivation) to other systems that potentially reduce emissions and/or increase carbon sequestration. However, there is little certainty regarding the carbon outcomes of many key land-use transitions at the center of current policy debates. Our meta-analysis of over 250 studies reporting above- and below-ground carbon estimates for different land-use types indicates great uncertainty in the net total ecosystem carbon changes that can be expected from many transitions, including the replacement of various types of swidden agriculture with oil palm, rubber, or some other types of agroforestry systems.
Crops and Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change Mike Robbins Earthscan Ltd 2011 All Rich countries are paying poor countries to fight climate change on their behalf - and one way they are doing it is through carbon sinks. These are reservoirs of organic carbon tied up in plants and in the earth, rather than being in the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. This book looks critically at this mode of climate change mitigation. Can it work? Is it just? Will poorer countries benefit? The book considers the scientific, economic and ethical basis for this type of mitigation. Previous attention has been focused mainly on reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation (REDD), but this book is one of the first attempts to examine the potential for carbon sinks in agriculture in crop plants and the soil. In assessing this, the author examines exactly how north-south climate mitigation trading works, or does not, and what the pitfalls are. It highlights the complex relationship between agriculture, particularly different forms of farming systems, and the mitigation of climate change. The arguments are backed up by original research with farmers in Brazil to demonstrate the challenges and prospects which these proposals offer in terms of payments for environmental services from agriculture through carbon trading.
REDD+ and Agriculture: Drivers of Deforestation: Informing REDD+ Strategies and Programmes: Summary of Event The Prince's Rainforest Project The Prince's Rainforest Project 2011 All Edward Davey: edward.davey@royal.gsx.gov.uk
Agriculture, Food Security and Green House Gas Accounting Nathalie Walker National Wildlife Federation 2011 All
Mitigation at the Farm-Forest Frontier: Linking Intensification and Institutions Lini Wollenberg CCAFS 2011 All
Africa RSPO Training and Capacity Programme The ProForest Initiative Africa RSPO Training and Capacity Programme 2011 Palm Oil Abraham Baffoe: abraham@proforest.net
Innovative Climate Finance Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS 2011 All Forest Trends
Building Bridges between Commodity Roundtables and REDD+: the Global Producer Support Initiative: a partnership with five commodity roundtables Jan Maarten Dros Governor's Climate and Forests Task Force 2011 All IPAM, WWF et al. Jan Maarten Dros: dros@solidaridad.nl
Building Bridges between Community Roundtables and REDD+: The Umbrella Proposal: Connecting Farmers needing Funds with Funds needing Farmers to create sustainable, low-emission supply chains Dan Nepstad Forest Trends 2011 All Forest Trends, Unilever, RSPO, BONSUCRO, WWF, etc dnepstad@ipam.org.br
Sustainable Landscapes: Cattle Ranching Intensification and Ecological Restoration in the Atlantic Rainforest Bernardo Strassburg International Institute for Sustainability 2011 Livestock Bernardo Strassburg: b.strassburg@iis-rio.org
Innovative Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Meeting economic development, poverty alleviation and food security needs while providing climate adaptation and mitigation benefits (Ghana and Ethiopia) Forest Trends, Climate Focus, Unique, NCRC 2011 All
Working Group on Sustainable Beef 2011 Livestock
Project POTICO: Diverting oil palm expansion to low-carbon degraded land World Resources Institute Working Group on Sustainable Beef 2011 Palm Oil
Project SHARP: Smallholder Acceleration & REDD Programme Puvan Selvanathan Sime Darby 2011 Palm Oil
Operationalizing Land Sparing Gary Paoli Daemeter 2011 All
Low Carbon Agriculture Plan Denise Deckers do Amaral Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply 2011 Livestock, Soya
RTRS, REDD+ and GHG Cassio Franco WWF-Brazil 2011 Soya
Sustainable Agriculture, Voluntary Certification, and Climate Finance Mark Moroge Rainforest Alliance 2011 All
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil – GHG Working Group Update Tim Killeen Conservation International 2011 Palm Oil
GHG Accounting in the RSB Standard B. Bramble NWF 2011 Biofuels