Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Forests and climate


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Global Releaf
Global Releaf

The world's forests and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Seeing REDD in the Amazon
Virgilio Viana argues that REDD in the Amazon is a win for people, trees and climate. Published June 2009

Plantations Are Not Forests
Ricardo Carrere documents the negative social and environmental impacts of the increased planting of monoculture tree plantations and denounces the mistaken rationale behind this activity. Published October 2004

Sinks and the CDM
Emily Boyd outlines the current political divergence in the debate over the use of forests as sinks under the Kyoto Protocol. Published June 2001

On the Web

Abiotic Disturbances and Their Influence on Forest Health
Abiotic Disturbances and Their Influence on Forest Health, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, warns that extreme weather events and natural disasters will pose an increasing threat to the world's forests in coming years, requiring heightened cooperation between regions and countries. Published August 2011

At Loggerheads?
Kenneth Chomitz, author of the World Bank deforestation report At Loggerheads?, is interviewed. Recorded October 2006

At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, and Environment in the Tropical Forests
At Loggerheads?, from the World Bank, applies a critical lens to the complicated relationships between agriculture, poverty and the environment in tropical forests. Published October 2006

Canopy of Friends
Canopy of Friends compiles short video films and written messages from individuals with an interest in how we manage the world's forests.

Climate Alliance
The Climate Alliance is an association of European cities and municipalities that have entered into a partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples, united by a common concern for the world's climate.

Climate Kaleidoscope and the Rain Forest
Site covers scientific study of the link between climate and the world's rainforests

Coalition for Rainforest Nations
The objective of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations is that forested tropical countries, partnering with industrialized nations that support fair trade and improved market access for developing countries, should collaborate to reconcile forest stewardship with economic development.

Database : Community Forest Management in Tropical America
The database Manejo Forestal Comunitario en América Tropical is a computer-based tool for finding bibliographic information about community forest management in tropical America. In Spanish only.

European Tropical Forest Research Network
The European Tropical Forest Research Network is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The site contains a theme page on climate change and forests.

Facing an Uncertain Future
Facing an Uncertain Future, from CIFOR, presents the case for a dual agenda to enhance the role of forests in adaptation: assisting forests to weather the coming storm of climate change, and managing forests in ways that enable forest-dependent peoples and society in general to cope with the coming changes. Published December 2008

FERN keeps track of the European Union's involvement in forests and co-ordinates non-governmental organization activities at the European level.

Forest Resilience, Biodiversity, and Climate Change (6.0MB download)
Forest Resilience, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, reviews the concepts of ecosystem resilience, resistance, and stability in forests and their relationship to biodiversity, with particular reference to climate change. Published October 2009

Forest Spatial Information Catalog
Catalog is a metadata service tool, using thousands of datasets, providing accurate geospatial data for all who need forest-related geospatial information.

Forest, Trees and People Programme and Network
The aim of the Forest, Trees and People Network is to share information about improving community forestry activities. The site includes on-line publications (including an excellent mixed media account of the Masai people's objections to the new management plan for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania), links to other networks, and a newsletter.

Forestry and Climate Change
News and information on climate change and forests from the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Forestry Department Country Profiles
Country information and statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization's Forestry Department.

Forests and Sinks
Introduction to the role of forests in removing carbon from the atmosphere, with a position paper.

Global Forest Resources Assessment
Since 1946, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has regularly monitored the world's forests through Global Forest Resources Assessments.

Global Releaf
Global ReLeaf is American Forests' education and action programme that helps individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees.

Indigenous Climate Portal
The Indigenous Climate Portal aims to provide indigenous peoples and the general public with relevant information and resources on climate change and indigenous peoples, and on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

Mangrove Action Project
The Mangrove Action Project builds grassroots networks with the aims of raising public awareness about mangrove forests, helping protect and restore the world's remaining mangrove forests and protect and promote the rights of indigenous coastal peoples. The site contains information about campaigns and briefing papers on mangrove ecology and related issues.

Opportunities for Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits
Opportunities for Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits, from the Consultative Group for International Research in Agriculture, concludes that abatement costs of avoided deforestation could be more cost effective than other climate change mitigation activities. With the right policy incentives, there could be significant benefits to smallholder farmers, to ecosystems, and to the global climate. Published November 2007

The PATT foundation aims at providing economic, social and environmental sustainability through community based forestry projects in developing countries. Working in conjunction with corporate partners, government and intergovernmental agencies, non governmental organizations, local authorities, and local communities, it plans to plant 1 million trees per year in locations worldwide.

Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network is a coalition of organizations in North and South dedicated to protecting the world's forests and their inhabitants. Sites includes resources for teachers and students.

REDD Monitor
REDD Monitor provides news, views and analysis about reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Resources for the Future
Resources for the Future engages with energy and climate policy on numerous fronts. Issues studied include how to cost-effectively constrain emissions and limit cost uncertainties, promoting developing country engagement, reducing emissions through averted deforestation and afforestation and adaptation.

Rights and Resources Initiative
The mission of the Rights and Resources Initiative is to support local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting greater global commitment and action towards policy, market and legal reforms that secure their rights to own, control and benefit from natural resources, especially land and forests.

Seeing People Through the Trees: Scaling Up Efforts to Advance Rights and Address Poverty, Conflict and Climate Change
Seeing People Through the Trees, from the Right and Resources Initiative, references past models of forest management to demonstrate the weaknesses in prior governance structures while emphasizing gaps and opportunities for the strategic involvement of the international community. Published July 2008

Silvopastoral AgroForestry Toolbox
The Silvopastoral AgroForestry Toolbox helps farmers, land managers and their advisors assess the potential of sillvopastoral agroforestry as an alternative land use and provides information on how to manage a silvopastoral agroforestry system.

Trees for the Future
Tree for the Future promotes and supports reforestation and environmentally sustainable land use, in cooperation with local groups and individuals around the world.

Tropical Forests and Climate Change
Review of global climate change, its causes, its impact on forests, and how forests can help to mitigate it.

UN-REDD Programme
The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations Collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. It assists developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies.

United Nations Forum on Forests
The objective of the United Nations Forum on Forests is to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end.

Woodlands and the Environment: Climate Change
Account of research on climate impacts on woodlands in the United Kingdom conduced by Forest Research, includes brief accounts of the various aspects of the issue, research findings and links to other websites.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
WCMC makes available a number of conservation databases, including data, maps and statistics on forests, coasts, species, protected areas, national biodiversity and bibliographies.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015