Opportunities and Challenges for Forest Finance
Forests contribute approximately one percent to the world’s GDP, a value of nearly $468 billion USD (FAO 2011). This figure only includes round wood production, wood processing and pulp and paper, and does not account for the immeasurable benefits that forests contribute to local livelihoods as well as indirect social benefits, such as cultural and indigenous values. The lack of internationally agreed socio-economic indicators creates a data gap and countries still cannot easily measure the “real” value of forests.
Significant data gaps make the valuation of non-wood forest products especially complicated, and as Jan McAlpine, Director of the UNFF Secretariat, stated, it is estimated that the value of forests is around three to five times higher than what the presented data indicate…
Cross-sectorial linkages and data gaps identified as opportunities for progress
Forests are complex. So it comes as no surprise that a major point of deliberation at the 10th UN Forum on Forests will be how to reconcile the tensions between landscape and community approaches, economic growth and social justice goals, and tradeoffs of lifestyle and equity inherent in sustainable development.
So, how will heads of state make their positions known? And, will official declarations bring much needed thought innovation and financial commitment to combat global deforestation? The first day of the conference, April 8th, set an ambitious, at times heart-felt, but non-specific, intangible tone.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the conference with a note on personal responsibility in promoting sustainability. P.M. Erdoğan emphasized that we…
Hello again, back with another FESer to highlight. But we’re going to do things a little different this time. I often get questions about what one can or should do for their summer internship. My answer is always, “Anything, anywhere, as long as you think it’s super interesting.” That’s a little hard to conceptualize, though, so I thought I’d highlight some students and what they did over the summer vacation. I recently caught up with Charissa, who is a second year MEM student, and talked to her about what she did last summer. The short answer (spoiler alert!) is that she did some consulting work for Nike out in Oregon.
In a few days, a conference that will influence international forest policy and management for the coming years will begin. The United Nations Forum on Forests 10th Session (UNFF10) will take place from April 8th – 19th in Istanbul, Turkey. With the theme “Forests and economic development” the conference will explore how the manifold benefits from forests can be realized and contribute to a green economy that improves food security, preserves biodiversity, and increases social equity.
Sub-themes of the conference will be:
- Forest products and services,
- National forest programs and other sectorial policies and strategies,
- Reducing risks and impacts of disasters,
- Benefits of forests and trees to urban communities.
What is Yale Doing at UNFF10?
The Yale School…
There are a whole slew of activities and groups you should consider in participating, one of which is the Yale Environment Review (YER) – a student-run review that provides weekly updates on environmental research findings.
YER aims to bridge the gap between environmentally-related academic research and its application to policy and management. In order to increase access to specialized information, YER publishes readable and concise summaries of recent original, peer-reviewed literature so that it can be useful to those engaged in the field of environmental and natural resource management.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the many student-run groups within the FES community while honing skills as an environmental writer with published works for a wider audience. There is also course credit…
Hello again, prospective and admitted students! This here is my last installment of Advice for Admitted Students. This time, I’ll talk about the Technical Skills Modules (or MODS, for short). When I got my admission letter and was told I’d have to participate in a three-week training course, I was really nervous—convinced that Yale was going to kick my ass before classes even started. That wasn’t really the case—and MODS quickly became the most awesome thing I had done in a long time.
Aloha and welcome to part four of my journey through analyzing the material flows for biofuels production in Ka’u, Hawaii. Friday wrapped up our formal interviews on the Island although we still have many phone calls to make and many charts to create.
We started Friday as bright and early as we had planned. Lynette aptly navigated the unlit roads – many unpaved – down to the southern-most point of the United States. We parked a few hundred yards north of the Point because we wanted to hike to Green Sands Beach first to catch the sunrise. The hike was on an uneven path that might have once been used for four-wheeling. It was both rocky and sandy, and our hiking boots stained yellow in the fine soils. At…
Hello again, blog followers. I’m back with the other half of cool things to do in New Haven (so you new students don’t feel totally lost when you get here). I’ve decided to highlight a few more things that pass the time (in between school work and FES events) in the most excellent way.
Music: With NYC only an hour and a half away by train, you can easily access some of this biggest music venues hosting the biggest names out there. However, New Haven has some sweet spots for music as well. And who doesn’t love a little music now and again?
Toad’s Place—Toad’s is probably the most popular music venue in town. It’s right in the center of campus, which certainly makes it convenient. They…
Greetings, intrepid readers, and welcome to the third post highlighting an F&ES research field trip in Hawaii. To quickly recapitulate, we are a team of budding industrial ecologists studying the material resource and energy flows in and out of a proposed biofuels production plant in Ka’u, Hawaii. The biomass needed for the project would be cultivated on about 10,000 acres of land that is currently used for ranching and coffee production.
Today we took Saddle Road from Kona to Hilo, crossing between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea and passing through desert and then lush green pastures. The climates of Hawaii have always amazed me and today’s drive across Hawaii Island felt like time travel: in a matter of minutes we saw three distinct climate zones. When we arrived in…
7 Yale students participated in the Department of Energy’s Better Building 2nd annual competition this month, winning both categories they were entered in (Best Proposal, Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Case Study and Best Proposal, U.S. General Services Administration Case Study)! The competition “Challenges university teams to develop and present real-world business and technical solutions to cut energy waste and improve the efficiency commercial buildings across the country…and supports President Obama’s goal of cutting energy waste from homes and businesses in half over the next two decades, as announced in the State of the Union address.”
For the entire story, please see: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=851…