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Assessing the State of Play on Climate Change and Forests

Center for International Forestry Research

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2007–January 31, 2009
  • Location Bogor Barat, Indonesia
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

Forests have suddenly reappeared in public discourse as one of the critical factors in how humans will mitigate and global ecosystems will adapt to climate change. Recent climate change data has noted that current levels of deforestation are producing levels of greenhouse gas emissions equal to or surpassing those coming from the global transport sector. The current expansion in biofuels could either help solve the global climate change problem or exacerbate it. There is no research and analysis currently available to understand fully whether biofuels will be a blessing or a curse. This grant will provide funding to the Center for International Forestry Research, the preeminent international research center on forest management, to undertake research and analysis on the prospects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding deforestation and degradation of forested areas, as well research and analysis on the impacts of biofuel development on forested areas.