Dear Readers,

This month, we have a special request to ask of you. In an effort to ensure we are meeting your information needs and to improve our communications outreach, we have put together a very short, web-based survey that will take no more than five minutes of your time. We take your feedback seriously, so please let us hear from you.
RECOFTC has been quite busy in August increasing our outreach, including in local languages. Included in this E-News is a brief on conflict in the tropical timber industry; five briefs on property reform and forest rights in Vietnam, in both English and Vietnamese; and four brochures on our program on grassroots capacity building for REDD+ in English, Lao, Vietnamese, and Bahasa Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports on worsening prospects for REDD+ in Indonesia due to suspected corruption, and a national workshop in Laos seems to set the stage for developing the REDD+ mechanism in that country. 
Until next month,
Lena Buell
Editor, People and Forests E-News

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Cambodia: Pray Long for Prey Lang

Cambodian Center for Human Rights, 18 August 2011

Protesters dressed as "avatars" gathered in Phnom Penh to pray for Prey Lang forest as authorities clamp down on leaflet distribution against mining. Supporters gathered at Preah Ang Dang Keu Shrine to pray for better management of land and natural resources, particularly Prey Lang forest, and the way of life of thousands of forest inhabitants.

Related Article:
Cambodian 'Avatars' rally to save forest (Terra Daily)

Indonesia: Battle underway for Borneo forests

National Public Radio, 21 August 2011

Deforestation is a significant issue in Indonesia, particularly on the island of Borneo, which has already lost over half its original forest cover. The issue is complicated by the need to recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to define the use of their traditional lands – whether that means retaining or extracting forest resources.

Indonesia: How Indonesia crippled its own climate change project

Reuters, 16 August 2011

Reuters reports on how alleged corruption in the Indonesian forestry department derailed a multimillion dollar carbon credit program that would have protected 90,000 hectares of forestland in Borneo. The Rimba Raya project was meant to save a large area of carbon-rich peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan province and showcase Jakarta's efforts to fight climate change.

International: Value on ecosystem services will curb Asian deforestation, says IPCC chief

Alertnet, 5 August 2011

A Nobel laureate and head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R. K. Pachauri spoke at a press conference organized by RECOFTC on the need for better valuation of ecosystem services to ensure the economic cost of deforestation and loss of livelihood is accurately measured. Such valuation would allow for better regulation and protection of forest resources, including providing the means for systems of taxation.

Related Article:
Curbing deforestation requires economic incentives, government cooperation with local people (RECOFTC blog)

Laos: Workshop to revise legal forestry framework to enable REDD+

Forest Carbon Asia, 24 August 2011

The Department of Forestry, Lao PDR, conducted a first national information-sharing and consultation workshop in Vientiane on August 23, 2011 to start the process of revising the forestry legal framework. One of the primary objectives is to facilitate implementation of REDD+ in Laos.


Breaking Walls, Building Bridges: Managing Conflict in the Tropical Timber Industry

RECOFTC, August 2011

Clashing interests and values over the use of forestland, the rapid rise in consumption of timber products and weak governance of forest resources drive the emergence and escalation of conflicts between the timber industry and local communities living in and around forests. How can companies deal with conflicts? This brief provides practical steps that timber companies and local communities can adopt to manage conflict.

Policy Briefs - Property Reforms and Forest Rights in Vietnam

RECOFTC, August 2011

This project, funded by the United Kingdom's Economic and Social Research Council, engages policymakers, forest experts, and the public on issues related to community forests in Vietnam. Five briefs released this month highlight key issues related to forest management and advocate for a national policy on forest rights and community forest management.

Reducing Forest Fires in Strict vs. Multiple Use Protected Areas

Independent Evaluation Group - World Bank, August 2011

Protected areas cover a quarter of global tropical forests. Yet there is debate over their effectiveness in reducing deforestation, especially when local people have rights to use the forest. Using matching techniques, this paper analyzes global tropical forests using forest fires as a proxy for deforestation and finds multi-use protected areas better accomplish biodiversity conservation and CO2 mitigation goals, suggesting some compatibility between global environmental goals and support for local livelihoods.
Related Briefs:
The Greener Side of REDD+ Lessons for REDD+ from Countries where Forest Area Is Increasing (Rights and Resources Initiative)
Protected areas are more effective at reducing deforestation when they allow sustainable forest use (RECOFTC blog)

Three papers on REDD+

UN-REDD Program; Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, August 2011

The UN-REDD Program and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s (FCPF) Facility Management Team, housed at the World Bank, have released three jointly commissioned papers on multi-stakeholder participation, benefit sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

1.  A Draft Framework for Sharing Approaches for Better Multi-Stakeholder Participation Practices
2.  REDD+ Benefit Sharing: A Comparative Assessment of Three National Policy Approaches
3.  A Review of Three REDD+ Safeguard Initiatives

Forests and People: Property, Governance, and Human Rights

Earthscan, July 2011

Edited by Thomas Sikor and Johannes Stahl, Forests and People presents a comprehensive analysis of the rights-based agenda in forestry, connecting it with existing work on tenure reform, governance rights, and human rights. As the editors note, the attention to rights in forestry differs from 'rights-based approaches' in international development and other natural resource fields in critical ways.


Training: Policy and Governance in the context of forestry and climate change

Hanoi, Vietnam, November 2011 (exact dates to be confirmed). Enrolment Deadline: 30 October 2011

This course, hosted by RECOFTC, is designed to improve country-level policy development by addressing current shortcomings in policy formulation, implementation, and review. The course will enable participants to identify current cross-sector developments affecting people and forests; critically analyze and respond to problems related to policies and institutions; evaluate environmental, economic, and social aspects of forestry policy options; and practice effective communication of solutions, decisions, and opportunities to a wide range of forest stakeholders. The course is best-suited for senior and middle-level forestry officials and civil society representatives working on forest policy issues in the ASEAN region.

Training: Landscape Functions and People

Bangkok, Thailand, 21 November – 2 December 2011. Application deadline: 21 October 2011

Hosted by RECOFTC, this training course in strategic planning approaches for good natural resource governance offers participants opportunities to develop practical skills and experience in the use of principles and tools applicable for landscape-level planning, monitoring, and implementation. Building on the successes and failures of sector-based strategic planning approaches, the course provides training that can be used to contribute directly to agreed development goals for tackling poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Conference: Alternative futures to meet demands for food, fibre, fuel and REDD+

Jakarta, Indonesia, 27 September 2011

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in association with leading business groups, NGOs, development agencies, and government ministries, will convene a one-day conference to provide a platform for 800 leaders from all sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the country in the sustainable use of its forests.

Conference: International symposium on costs and benefits of REDD+

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 – 20 September, 2011

This conference aims to take stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD and to provide an opportunity to deliberate on funding systems to support REDD+ activities. Co-organized by Hiroshima University, the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

Conference: 2nd International Workshop on Bio-CCS

Cardiff, Wales, 25 - 26 October, 2011

Bio-CCS, the combination of biomass and carbon capture and storage (CCS), is one of the most promising techniques to capture emissions out of the atmosphere. However, many questions remain unanswered concerning technological, socio-economic and resource-related barriers to achieving success through this system. This international workshop at the University of Cardiff aims to bring together researchers and other relevant stakeholders to bring light to these questions.

Conference: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Beijing, China, 7 – 11 November 2011

The second Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will be held 7 – 11 November, 2011, at the China National Convention Center, Beijing, and promises to be the region’s forestry event of the year. Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will bring together a large number of events and stakeholders under a single roof to deal comprehensively with forestry-related issues. Key topics include the impact of REDD+ and forest sector governance and land management, forestry communications and Journey to 2020: the future for forestry in Asia and the Pacific.


Training Coordinator - Vietnam Country Program, RECOFTC

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Application Deadline: 15 September 2011

Duties: The Training Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Country Program Coordinator and in liaison with RECOFTC’s regional office. S/He will be responsible for developing and delivering targeted training modules. The overall aim of the training is to ensure that existing and new community forests are legally recognized and are functioning effectively to support local livelihoods, and that local communities understand and effectively engage in climate change mitigation and adaptation programs.
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Education or Natural Resource Management (Masters qualification desirable). Minimum five years experience in training or coaching. Good written and verbal Vietnamese and English. Vietnamese National or permitted to reside and work in Vietnam permanently.

Manager - Global Forest and Trade Network, World Wildlife Fund

Location: Sabah, Malaysia
Application Deadline: 9 September 2011

Duties: The Manager will promote and recruit participants into the Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) from Peninsular Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). The candidate will liaise with the GFTN support unit, relevant national forestry agencies and WWF staff on a regular basis, as well as monitor implementation of the work plan developed by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) National Office.
Qualifications: Preferably a forestry degree, with at least five years experience in forestry or related field. Fluency in written and spoken English, Bahasa Malaysia and/or Mandarin required.

Program Officer – Forests, World Wildlife Fund

Location: Delhi, India
Application Deadline: 10 September 2011

Duties: The incumbent is expected to work on the Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN)-India and other forest conservation programs. Document all project related reports, communication materials in accordance with the work plan and donor requirements. Provide regular updates and summaries to the communication team on the implementation of various project activities and preparing inputs to communication materials and newsletters.
Qualifications: Masters degree from a recognized institute or university, preferably in Social sciences/ Environmental Science/ Forestry or a related field.

Provincial Community Forestry Enterprise Specialist, FAO

Location: Steng Treng, Cambodia
Application Deadline: 10 September 2011

Duties: Ensure coordination between the project and the provinces, districts, communes and villages selected; ensure that office accommodation, administrative assistance, equipment, training and personnel are available when required and are used by the project; support training of provincial Forestry Administration (FA) staff in planning, organizing and formalizing CF organizations; support field trainings; coordinate the baseline survey; and carry out Rapid Resource Inventory in key pilot areas to develop CF management planning and approval processes, among other duties.
Qualifications: Bachelors or Masters in forestry, with at least two to five years relevant working experience in forestry in Cambodia, especially in commercial enterprise development activities. Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Khmer required.

Project Leader (Senior Researcher), European Forest Institute

Location: Nancy, France
Application Deadline: 11 September 2011

Duties: EFI seeks an expert on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. This post requires strong project management skills, in-depth knowledge and experience implementing events and publications. The project will review achievements of the pan-European Criteria and Indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), and how they have been implemented at the European, national and local levels and by other sectors. The main outcome is a summary report, including recommendations to the implementing countries and the C&I process.
Qualifications: The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent). He/she should have as a minimum four years working experience, preferably from a post-doc position. Fluency in English is required, French and/or German language is an asset.

Chief of Party, Chemonics

Location: Liberia
Application Deadline: 23 September 2011

Duties: Chemonics seeks a chief of party for a potential USAID forestry, natural resource management, and livelihoods project in West Africa. Technical areas include community-based natural resource management; community capacity building and training for livelihood activities; timber and non-timber forest products and markets; forest-based carbon emission projects (voluntary or REDD).
Qualifications: Advanced degree in a relevant area. Minimum 10 years of experience with international development projects in one of the technical areas listed above. Prior experience in rural Africa and post-conflict zones highly desired.

REDD+ Project Manager, LEAF/Winrock International

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Duties: The person will be responsible for helping identify, establish, implement and monitor REDD+ activities in Thailand. He/she will work in close collaboration with the Forest Management and Climate Change Technical Advisor, GIS Specialist, M&E Specialist, Winrock’s US-based carbon scientists, and field-based REDD+ teams. The expert will mobilize field teams, monitor on-the-ground performance, coordinate with donor and partner organizations, and ensure achievement of project results and objectives. The position will require frequent travel to field location sites within the project area.  
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Forestry or relevant international development field.  Five years of technical experience in forestry, forest carbon, carbon accounting, climate change mitigation, REDD+, CDM, and natural resource management projects in Southeast Asia. Fluency in Thai and English.


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The Banana Tree at the Gate

Carol J. Pierce Colfer, PhD, MPH submitted a review of Michael Dove’s new book, The Banana Tree at the Gate, for publication in the journal Agricultural History. 

The Hikayat Banjar, a 17th century chronicle from Southeast Borneo, characterizes the irresistibility of natural resource wealth to outsiders as 'the banana tree at the gate'. In analyzing production and trade in forest products, pepper, and especially natural rubber, Michael Dove shows that the involvement of Borneo's native peoples in commodity production for global markets is ancient and highly successful. His analysis replaces the image of the isolated tropical forest community that needs to be helped into the global system with the reality of communities that have been so successful and competitive that they have had to fight political elites to keep from being forced out.

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Planting Trees in Nupo Refugee Camp

RECOFTC, with partner Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), assisted refugees to plant trees in Nupo Refugee Camp on August 12, 2011

On August 12th, 2011, refugees from Myanmar, with support from the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) and partners, planted 4,500 bamboo and other tree seedlings in and around Nupo Refugee Camp, in Umphang District, Thailand. Earlier this year, TBBC initiated a partnership with RECOFTC to strengthen refugee and local Thai community cooperation in natural resource management, helping to lower the potential of conflict.


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Editor, People and Forests E-News
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