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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Protected Areas, Forest Day 5

28 October 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the October edition of its News Update with a selection of stories on: protected area effectiveness; Indonesia's forestry concession ban; interactions between farms and biodiversity; Forest Day 5 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17 ) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the Dry Forests Symposium.

On protected area effectiveness, Sven Wunder, CIFOR scientist, examines the role of matching protected areas with non-protected areas when performing analyses of effectiveness. He finds that protected areas increase conservation effectiveness, reduce the incidence of fires, and results in better carbon storage.

On Indonesia's forest concession moratorium, CIFOR describes a four-month study on the the role of the moratorium in meeting Indonesia's voluntary commitment to reduce emissions, but notes unresolved issues on the area and status of the land covered. The article notes that the moratorium could pave the way for successful policy reform in Indonesia leading to full implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

On the relationship among farms, forests and biodiversity, CIFOR scientist Christine Padoch examines the impact of shifting land use in two communities in Mexico's Oaxaca state.

The issue also highlights a new gender-themed issue of the "International Forestry Review," which highlight advances made by women in forest resource management and consider the benefits to women's involvement in the use, sale and management of forest resources.

On events surrounding COP 17, the News Update notes that registration is open for Forest Day 5, which will focus on forests in Africa. It also highlights the "Dry Forests Symposium: Defining a new research agenda for Africa's dry forests," which will provide a global platform for members of the research and development sector to discuss challenges and opportunities in the sustainable use of dry forests.

The newsletter also provides links to publications on: "Social sustainability of EU approved voluntary schemes for biofuels: Implications for rural livelihoods;" "Lessons for REDD+ from measures to control illegal logging in Indonesia;" "Forest Transition in South Korea: Reality, path and drivers;" "Evaluating the opportunities and limitations to multiple use of Brazil nuts and timber in Western Amazonia;" "Diagnóstico de la situación actual sobre políticas, información, avances y necesidades futuras sobre MRV en Bolivia;" "No farmer left behind in sustainable biofuel production;" and "Challenges and forest-based opportunities in the drylands of Ethiopia." CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [Publication: CIFOR News Update October 2011]