VERTIC-Sustainable Tropics Alliance collaboration

In November, VERTIC struck up a collaboration with the Sustainable Tropics Alliance, a strategic partnership of leading independent non-governmental organisations working to develop new approaches to low-emission rural development (‘LED-R’) in the tropics.

Deforestation and land-use change in tropical countries are among the largest contributors to climate change. However, global demand for food is growing, and conversion of native vegetation to cropland and pasture in the tropics is also a way for millions of people to ensure their livelihoods.

Addressing climate change requires a transition to a low emission future that meets rural development needs in the tropics. This is challenging, but the Sustainable Tropics Alliance is demonstrating how it can be done, focusing on sub-national jurisdictions and working across local, national and global scales. In-depth research and analysis, multi-stakeholder involvement and expert local knowledge are central elements of the work.

Partners are working with, for example, indigenous peoples, smallholders and global commodity businesses. Within the alliance, VERTIC focuses on verification, implementation and monitoring, mainly in the areas of climate change and sustainable development, including how international frameworks can support transitions to low emission rural development and how on-the-ground experience can inform international processes.

The Sustainable Tropics Alliance partners are Earth Innovation Institute (Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia); Pronatura-Sur (Mexico); Instituto del Bien Común (Peru); Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (Brazil); Green Belt Movement (Kenya); and Yayasan Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (Indonesia).

Link to website with more information: http://www.sustainabletropics.org/

Last changed: Dec 11 2015 at 3:55 PM

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