Climate, Forests and Agriculture
A quarter of the world’s poor and 90% of the poorest of the poor depend substantially on forests for their livelihoods. Climate change will have an unprecedented impact upon these vulnerable communities, and threatens to reverse decades of progress in this area (2010 Human Development Report, UN). As such, climate change mitigation and adaptation is increasingly emerging as a theme of our work and builds on our expertise in forestry and livelihoods.
The improvement of livelihoods and pro-poor growth is key to our mission. We work at different levels to support and influence change in relation to causes of forest and environmental degradation which are in turn often a cause of poverty. These include poor governance; land tenure; inappropriate trade mechanisms; access; lack of law enforcement; conflict between the market and cultural values of forests; and the rights of indigenous people. At CIDT we aim to: contribute to efforts to improve development effectiveness and the results based management of multilateral organisations; engage with governments to support governance reform; strengthen the effectiveness and focus of service provision; support organisational development and building technical capacity of civil society organisations; work with communities to increase their participation in forest governance; and enhance their economic opportunities through supporting SME’s to engage in legal and sustainable trade.