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Slides and podcasts from Michaelmas Term 2015 OCTF seminar series now available

If you missed any of our seminars and would like to catch up, slides and podcasts (where available) for all our seminars are now available at If you find that podcast volume is low, please use the vertical bars to the left of “Track # 1” during play to increase the volume.

Treetops at Risk: new book co-authored by Margaret Lowman, former OCTF Senior Visiting Research Associate

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Treetops at Risk brings together the world’s foremost experts on forest canopies, and summarizes their views on the current and future status of forests. Forest canopies not only support high terrestrial biodiversity but also represent a critical interface between atmosphere and the earth. They provide goods and services to support humans, and represent important energy production centers for the planet. Millions of people depend upon forest canopies for their livelihoods, and millions more depend upon future sustainable use of forest resources.

Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+ - new book co-edited by Dr Constance McDermott, University of Oxford

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Emerging from the scientific parameters underpinning REDD+ (including the measurement of carbon stocks, reporting and verification), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon considers the crucial challenges for global and national governance and the legal rights and interests of indigenous people and local communities, all of which have fundamental implications for development and poverty alleviation.

"Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services" – new book co-edited by Dr Laura Rival (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford)

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• Cutting-edge commentary and analysis of governance mechanisms for enhancing the provision of ecosystem services
• Features authors and case studies from around the world
• Offers multiple research perspectives from a range of disciplines

New Global Ecosystem Monitoring network website launched

The Global Ecosystem Monitoring network (GEM) is an international effort to measure and understand forest ecosystem functions and traits, and how these will respond to climate change.

Visit the GEM website and

Africa's rainforests "more resilient" to climate change: findings of the "Climate Change, Deforestation and Future of African Rainforests" conference

Tropical forests in Africa may be more resilient to future climate change than the Amazon and other regions, a gathering of scientists has said. Read more at BBC News

To download presentations and audio podcasts from the conference, please visit the conference website at

Dr Heike Schroeder co-edits special issue on "Governing and Implementing REDD+"

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The special issue, published in Environmental Science & Policy, can be viewed on the Environmental Science and Policy journal website (Volume 14, issue 2).

The collection of articles includes a number of papers by ECI researchers:

Meetings with remarkable ghosts

Christina Hardyment talks to Angela Palmer about her epic installation of rainforest giants outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Governing and Implementing REDD+,

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OCTF researchers,
Dr Connie McDermott and Dr Heike Schroeder, speak at COP16 side event.

This side event, organised by the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, showcased contributions from a forthcoming issue of the journal Environmental Science & Policy on the ongoing debates around governance and implementation of REDD+.

Read more about this event here

"No Correlation Between Democracy and Forest Governance"

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A new review of Global Environmenal Forest Policies, by Drs. Constance L. McDermott, Benjamin Cashore and Peter Kanowshki, on Ecosystem Marketplace.

"As UN negotiators scramble to develop a global mechanism for generating carbon credits by saving rainforests, individual countries are moving ahead with their own plans. Research published last year, however, shows that most of those plans are woefully out of synch with each other – a fact that could have dire consequences for the development of a truly global carbon market." Gabriel Thoumi