Why smallholders plant native timber trees away from the forest margin: Lessons from Leyte, the Philippines
Early successes with national programs for farmer tree planting in the Philippines were achieved with fast growing trees – that brought disappointingly low levels of income once harvested, as the quality of wood was low. Meanwhile, some farmers took the initiative to grow high-value, slower-growing native timbers on their farms, planting trees between their maize. What are the prospects this trend? Which types of farmers are doing it? Is it profitable? What policy measures could support or...
Philippines REDD+ Capacity Building Services Assessment
Building capacity for implementing REDD+ is a key component of REDD+ readiness processes that have been underway for over three years. Backed by substantive funding from a large number of organizations, government agencies and individuals a multitude of organizations are conducting awareness raising and training activities in all REDD+ nations. The massive increase in capacity building activities during a rather short period begs the question of whether the organizations...
REDD Lights: Who Owns the Carbon in Forests and Trees? Carbon ownership as the basis of social accountability: The case of the Philippines
This paper argues in favor of the ownership by indigenous peoples and local communities of carbon in forests and trees and that such ownership could be the basis of social accountability that should be mainstreamed in implementing what is popularly known as the REDD-Plus mechanism.
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