Forest cover and carbon stocks at risk as road network expands in Democratic Republic of Congo

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

Plans to expand road networks in the Democratic Republic of Congo are threatening forest cover in the country with losses in biological carbon stock and biodiversity as immediate consequences. This reveals a recently released article that have developed a land use model to assess the environmental impacts of existing plans for road development in the country.

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New study suggests ways to get the agriculture sector climate ready

By Lini Wollenberg, CCAFS

Donor support for “climate readiness” in the forestry sector is helping countries prepare "Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs. A new report, “Climate readiness in smallholder agricultural systems: Lessons learned from REDD+” by Monika Zurek, Charlotte Streck, Stephanie Roe and Franziska Haupt, examines the lessons learned from REDD+ readiness processes to inform the agriculture sector.

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Analysing climate resilience within the climate-smart agriculture concept

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

Senior researcher Alex De Pinto from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently took the stage at the high-level event Building resilience for food and nutrition security arguing that making sweeping statements on which climate-smart agriculture practice is preferable to another, given a set context, is extremely difficult. De Pinto also made the case that we need start differentiate between the two terms “climate resilience building” and “climate adaptation”, especially when talking about climate-smart agriculture.

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