Poverty Environment Network (PEN)
an international network and research project on poverty, environment and forest resources
We know that forests and other natural resources are crucial to the livelihoods of millions of poor people worldwide. But just how important are forests for poverty alleviation? Can they help lift people out of poverty, or are they mainly useful as gap-fillers and safety nets preventing extreme hardship? How do different forest management regimes and policies affect the benefits to the poor?
Answers to such questions are essential to design effective policies and projects to alleviate rural poverty, and thereby contribute to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of 50 % poverty reduction by 2015. Yet we have surprisingly little systematic knowledge to answer them adequately. The Poverty Environment Network (PEN) aims to fill the gap in knowledge through the systematic collection of uniform socio-economic data in a variety of tropical ecosystems.
International Forum on Assessing Sustainability in Agriculture (INFASA)
From common principles to common practice
What is INFASA?
The International Forum on Assessing Sustainability in Agriculture (INFASA) was established by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Swiss College of Agriculture in 2006 as a multi-year forum to advance sustainable agriculture through the development and effective use of indicator and assessment systems.
Tropical forests 're-shaped' by climate changes
Future climate change could change the profile of tropical forests, with possible consequences for carbon storage and biodiversity, a study says. It suggests that if current trends continued, the drier conditions would favour deciduous, canopy species at the expense of other trees.
BIODIVERSA - collaborating for conservation
Species are disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening nature's ability to provide us with essential goods and services like clean air and water, food, fuel, materials, climate regulation and flood prevention, to name just a few. Enter the EU-funded ERA-NET project BIODIVERSA, which is working to create a single biodiversity research community in Europe. BIODIVERSA, which is now in its second phase, has received funding from the EU's Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP7).