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  • The Business of Planting Trees: A Growing Investment Opportunity

    In recent years, hundreds of companies have entered the restoration industry. They represent a wide range of business models that deliver financial returns for investors while restoring forests and agricultural lands. This report profiles 14 businesses that are part of an emerging restoration...

  • Sustainable and Safe: A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths

    More than 1.25 million people are killed on roads each year, the majority in developing countries, making traffic fatalities the tenth leading cause of death worldwide. Children, elderly and poor people are particularly vulnerable. Are drivers and pedestrians always to blame? This research finds...

  • How Can Indonesia Achieve Its Climate Change Mitigation Goal?

    Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG). Currently, the land-use and energy sector contribute to 80 percent of GHG in Indonesia. The national government has committed to unconditionally reducing GHG emissions by 29 percent against a 2030 business-as-usual case...

  • Powering Cities in the Global South:

    Millions of residents in some of the fastest growing cities in the world don’t have access to clean, reliable energy, and the challenge of reaching them is not getting easier. In 2012, only 58 percent of the urban population had access to electricity in low-income countries, and nearly 500...

  • Thirsting for Justice

    Industrial facilities release upwards of 400 million tons of toxic pollutants into the world’s waters each year. Yet secrecy around the amount and type of chemicals that companies discharge is still the norm, especially in Asia. Contaminated water threatens the region’s poorest communities—those...

  • Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing

    There is an acute lack of well-located urban housing that is adequate, secure and affordable. The global affordable housing gap is currently estimated at 330 million urban households and is forecast to grow by more than 30 percent to 440 million households, or 1.6 billion people, by 2025....

  • Logging, Mining, And Agricultural Concessions Data Transparency: A Survey Of 14 Forested Countries

    Global demand for timber, agricultural commodities, and extractives is a significant driver of deforestation worldwide. The majority of the world’s forests are owned by governments, which often enter into contractual agreements with private companies or individuals for resource exploitation or...

  • Towards a More Equal City

    Cities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas:

    • Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast
    • ...
  • Restoration Opportunities Assessment Method Guide Book in Indonesian

    Now available in Indonesian, this guide book explains all ROAM components and guide as to how those components may be combined and sorted to cater to different needs in restoring forests and landscape.

  • Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs

    This report quantifies for the first time the economic value of securing land rights for the communities who live in and protect forests, with a focus on Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia.

  • Indonesian Climate Policy and Data in CAIT Indonesia Climate Data Explorer (PINDAI)

    The adoption of the Paris Agreement marks a critical turning point for global climate action. Submitted in advance of the agreement, Indonesia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) outlined its transition to a low-carbon future, committing to an unconditional emissions reduction...

  • Interpreting INDCs: Assessing Transparency of Post-2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets for 8 Top-emitting Economies

    The transparency of INDCs—that is, the completeness and clarity with which the intended meaning of INDC content is presented—is critical to assessing both national and global ambition on reducing GHG emissions. In addition, transparency in the INDCs can promote trust and accountability among...

  • Governance of Forests Initiative Indicator Framework (Version 1)

    This document presents the draft “GFI Framework” and includes a complete set of qualitative indicators for conducting civil society led assessments of forest governance at the national level.

  • Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia

    Provides a detailed analysis of threats to coral reefs across Southeast Asia and provides an economic valuation of what will be lost if these threats -- destructive fishing, overfishing, marine-based and inland pollution, coastal development -- continue.

  • Reefs at Risk Revisited

    This report provides a detailed assessment of the status of and threats to the world's coral reefs. It evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities, and includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. It also contains a global assessment of the vulnerability...

  • Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle

    This report is a map-based analysis of threats to coral reefs around the world, with particular focus on the countries of the Coral Triangle—Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. It examines present pressures on coral reefs, including...

  • Bridging the Information Gap

    This Forest Note puts forward a systematic approach to analyzing the Indonesian forestry sector in order to identify which forest laws and regulations are being disobeyed and where.

  • Power Politics

    Drawing on past experience from six country studies, this report provides recommendations for including environmental concerns and social public benefits as integral parts of reforms in the electric power sector.

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